Ours is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary Academy, which means that the church and the Christian faith have a high profile in the life of the school.
We are very proud of being part of the Church School family. Our values underpin all that we do and are shared with the whole school community. We have a close relationship with the local churches; we take our distinctiveness as a Church School seriously and set great strength by the quality of the relationship within our community.
Welton St Mary’s, as part of the Church School family, celebrated 200 years of Church Schools in Lincolnshire.
-Y6 pupils attend and take an active part in the Church Schools Festival in the Summer.
-We have taken part in a Cathedral singing concert.
-We attend Church for services at Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Ascension and for Y6 leaving services
-We visit local churches to support our RE and PSHE curriculum.
Local clergy regularly visit our school and we have close links with our Bishop’s visitor all of whom regularly lead collective worship.
Collective Worship is a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Collective Acts of Worship are held every day, either for all children together, or for Key Stage 1 & 2 children separately. They are based on our church school values which are Forgiveness, Love and Friendship, Peace and Harmony, Respect, Responsibility and Trust. Moral and social issues are also raised in Collective Worship and there are opportunities for spiritual reflection. Christian hymns, prayers and periods of quiet thought are regularly included.
This year we have a new enthusiastic group of children who have been chosen to represent our school as Collective Worship Councillors. The children applied for the role, and were then selected by an interview panel, were chosen because of their kind- hearted and Christian- like attitude. The members of the Collective Worship Council have a great knowledge of our Welton St Mary’s Church of England School Values and are experts at demonstrating them around school.
As a Collective Worship Councillor the children will be required to assist Mrs Gough planning Collective worships, taking part in church services, teaching other children in classes through the school about Christian topics, demonstrating values in Collective Worships and around school, writing prayers and evaluating Collective Worships. They will also be required to attend meetings with other Collective Worship Councillors to discuss Collective Worships and how they can make them even more exciting. It is our job to further develop our wonderful Christian Ethos in our church school.
All of our councillors have very important jobs that are specifically linked to our Collective Worship.
Some of their jobs include;
- keeping the reflection areas tidy
- writing prayers for Collective worships
- demonstrating how to live through our Christian school values
- meeting once a week to reflect on their roles, discuss how their jobs are going, write prayers and lots more.
- feeding back the minutes of our meetings to our governors
- monitoring the playground looking for children who don’t have anyone to play with, so they can invite them to play with them
- looking for children who are using their Welton St Mary’s School Values
- helping Mrs Gough in Collective Worships and at Church services by acting out plays, telling stories and reading prayers
- leading Collective Worships
- evaluating collective worships
- plan and create a display for the entrance of the school to share our School values with visitors
- Preparing information for each class reflection area.
- working with Family Hour to share our Christian values
- working with St Mary’s Church
Alongside our School Council the Collective Worship Council represent our school and are important leaders.
From myself (Mrs Gough) and all of the Collective Worship Councillors thank you for taking the time to read our page and….
MAY THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALL!