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Collective Worship

Collective Worship 2021-2022

 
Collective Worship is a key feature in the life of Totternhoe CE Academy.   We join together to worship and give thanks. 

​We have a daily act of collective worship where we meet as a school community to sing hymns, listen to stories, reflect on them and pray together.

At our times of Worship, we come together to...
be together,
pause and be still,
reflect and pray,
celebrate and shine,
worship and sing
 
Collective Worship continued through the lockdown periods, albeit in a different format to how we hold it now.  Classes joined in with the whole school Collective Worship via Zoom or Class Dojo, and sometimes with their own teachers in their own classroom. 
 

Harvest Festival October 2021

 

This year visited St Giles’ Church for our annual Harvest Service. Rowan Class shared their amazing Harvest Service ‘Church Mice‘, which included some uplifting songs for each class to sing along to!

 

Well done Rowan Class for such a superb Harvest Service.

 

 

 

At the beginning of the  Summer term we introduced our school Reflection Cross, which was been placed on the grass at the front of our school. Many pupils and their families walked or rode their bikes to school and placed their beautifully decorated stones into the cross.
The stones all represent the different ways in which our pupils have taken the time to think about how they can put other people's needs before their own, and as you can see they make a very powerful image when viewed together. 
If you have not yet brought a stone into school but would like to, please feel free to place  your stone in the Reflection Cross.

 

See Key Information page for Collective Worship Policy

​Collective Worship at Totternhoe is a highly valued time of the school day, where the whole school community gathers together in a time that is honouring and worthy to God. During Collective Worship, our values provide opportunities for discussion about diversity, spiritual growth and development in our children and adults. This is demonstrated through the teachings of Jesus, stories from a range of cultures and backgrounds, and the personal experiences of our pupils and adults.

 

The school uses the Christian values of the 'Roots and Fruits' materials to add depth to the values teaching.  Each half term the theme of our Collective Worship is based on our values, as well as the suggested themes set by the Diocese of St Albans. In addition, we link the festivals and seasons of the church calendar,  to national celebrations and special days, to further enrich our whole school ethos.

The Christian character of our school positively contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children, by providing opportunities for them to learn about other people's faiths, feelings and values during Collective Worship, including those planned by pupils, reflection times, RE lessons and extra-curricular activities. 

We extend a warm welcome to Reverend Kaushal to lead Collective Worship each week, where he has been teaching the children the Lord's Prayer, as well as providing additional teachings about significant events in the Christian calendar, including Christmas and Easter. 

We also welcome the 'Open the Book' team from St Giles, who come along once each school term to lead Collective Worship in a fun, interactive and engaging way. They often choose children to come to the front and join in, helping them to deliver their message by acting out stories or reading out passages from the Bible.

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