Collective worship at St Anne's Church of England Primary School happens daily in the morning. It is a special time in the school day where they whole school gathers together as 'St Anne's family' to explore our Christian Values of Kindness, Respect, Growth and Nurture.
The school is named after St Anne, who was the mother of the Virgin Mary. Our school is linked with the Parish Church of St Mary's in Godmanchester. The lily that features on our school logo is the flower of St Anne and each class has a lily placed within their reflection space to remind them of this. During our Collective Worship the lily's from each class are placed at the front of the hall to represent us all gathering together as one 'St Anne's Family' in the eyes of God. We light a candle to remind us that God is always with us and to provide a focal point for our reflections.
Structure of our Collective Worship:
As we arrive for our Collective Worship, there is usually music played often linked to the theme of the worship and the candle is lit. The themes of our worship are closely linked to our school values and Bible stories are used to guide us. We aim to make our worships interactive so that our children are able to explain why these values are so important and many can share examples of how these values have helped them both inside and outside of school.
At the end of the worship children are invited to share prayers, thoughts and reflections.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 children are invited to lead our Collective Worship each term. Children meet in small groups of 3 or 4 and select a Bible story that they would like to focus on. The children work together to share the story and lead thought and reflections with the whole school, on what the story is telling us and how this links to the school values. The children who organise this have named themselves Junior GENR8 after the GENR8 group that visits the school on a regular basis.
Visitors to school.
Each week one of the Collective Worship's is led by Rev David Busk from St Marys Parish Church in Godmanchester. Rev David also leads our whole school Eucharist Services that run once a term both in school and at St Marys Church. Parents are always invited into these services so worship together with the children and staff at St Anne's.
Other clergy from the local Baptist church who are friends of the school lead worship each half term. We are proud of our Christian nature and commitment to daily Collective Worship.
GenR8 is a Cambridge-based Christian charity working with primary schools and churches in the Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire region. They support learning about the Christian faith in schools through a variety of different programmes including presenting assemblies and prayer spaces. St Anne's welcomes GenR8 into the school at least once a team and the children really enjoy the energy and fun they bring to the different stories in the Bible that they present.