Collective Worship in Carleton House Preparatory School
Our Mission Statement
We live, love and learn with Jesus.
Walk with me, Oh my Lord.
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am with them.”
The Nature of Collective Worship
We believe that Christian worship in a Catholic school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
The Place of Collective Worship in the Life of Carleton House Preparatory School
Collective Worship at Carleton House provides opportunities for pupils and staff to come together to worship God. It will have Christ at its heart and, while respecting diversity of belief and commitment, will be Catholic in character, reflecting the liturgical tradition of the Church. We endorse the belief that Collective Worship takes into account the religious and educational needs of all who share in it.
Collective Worship is an important aspect of our Religious Education in Carleton House and is celebrated daily. We pray together as a class, a Key Stage and as a whole school. As a school that has many children of different faiths, we respect the different ways that people pray at the start of our Collective Worship whilst reflecting on messages taught to us by Jesus.
Collective Worship is an ideal opportunity to celebrate. We celebrate important Liturgical events throughout the year as well as important events both locally and nationally. Children are encouraged to plan their own Collective Worship following the structure of Gather, Listen, Respond and Go Forth. Parents are invited into school termly to participate in Collective Worship with each class.
Worship in this school is more than just a legal requirement. It is an integral part of school life and central to the Catholic tradition. It will be related to the ‘day to day life, aspirations, and concerns of the school.’
(Education Reform Act 1988.)