We are a Church of England Voluntary Aided School and Collective Worship plays a central role in our life and work.
Our school Collective Worship policy reflects and reinforces our vision and values, “With thankfulness, courage and love…”. The policy demonstrates the partnership between the conduct and content of school worship, in all its many forms and our whole school curriculum offer and ethos “we strive to improve heart and mind.” All of which is underpinned by our chosen biblical text, John 4: 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst”.
It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the love, care and respect we have for each other.
We are proud of the very strong links we have with St. Mary’s Church and the Diocese of Salisbury. Working together we make a significant contribution to the religious, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils.
Collective Worship and Celebration Assemblies are Christian in character and linked to the term’s value. Led by staff and local clergy, children are encouraged to actively participate. Our annual Sunday Pet Service and Education Sunday Service are very popular with the school community, and in addition to welcoming the Church into our school, we like to take the children to St. Mary’s Church to celebrate Harvest Festival, Christmas, Easter and our School Leaver’s Service at the close of the academic year.
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Collective Worship Councillors
This year’s Harvest Celebrations are going to be a little different both in and outside of school and we are planning our Celebration on the basis of what we Can Do, rather than what we can’t. More details will follow in the next week or so. In the meantime, Revd. Sue has asked us to share the Parish of Whitton’s plans over the next month.
Revd. Sue’s Harvest Communication “The churches’ plan is to celebrate Harvest over the next month, focusing on Creation and humanity working in harmony with God to care for creation and bring in the harvest:
There was a special harvest-themed Team service on the 27th September in Ramsbury, also a phone-in service on the same theme at 11.30.
A pre-recorded reflection on “We plough the fields…” will be on our website and Facebook Letters are going to out organisations in Aldbourne as they usually do for the Harvest Appeal for the Swindon Food Collective; there will be baskets – as always – in ALL the church porches; other villages may like to piggyback on this appeal
We’re encouraging people, especially families, to make or draw a scarecrow out of something that would otherwise be thrown away, put it in a window or garden, and upload a pic to our Facebook page On the 24th October, the celebration will climax in a Gift Day at St Michael’s Aldbourne – there will be someone there to receive gifts in cash or kind, the Food Collective will be represented, and we’ll finish with a short Community Harvest Service at 3.45pm (Anglican/Methodist).”