Our Faith at St Peter's Church of England School
In accordance with our Trust Deed and with statutory requirements, we have a daily act of collective worship that takes place in the school or, on special occasions, in the church. All schools are required to have a daily act of collective worship and in our school that worship is Christian.
Collective worship is placed at the centre of the school’s daily life. Worship is organised on a whole school basis and led by clergy, staff, visitors and the pupils themselves. The process of worship takes place through a variety of media, song, story, drama, art, music and poetry. It takes place through class assemblies as well as adult-led worship time. There are occasions every week where our parish priest or our curate will lead worship . We hope to create an atmosphere in which children and adults are invited to explore issues for themselves, reflect upon and learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others, develop sensitivity and a sense of wonder and awe about the world of which they are part.
We do not require or pressure children to become worshipping Christians or to take part in any activity that will compromise their own family’s faith or religious or secular belief. The spiritual, social, cultural and moral welfare of all pupils whatever their background is of prime concern to us as a school. However, Christian values are built into our ethos and teaching and are reflected in the cycle of the themes which our daily acts of worship are based upon.
All staff and pupils are invited to take part in collective worship. Although we serve the children and families of our local community, regardless of their religious background, we ask that all attending our school accept and promote our Christian ethos. Parents have the right to withdraw children from assembly, although by choosing us as a Church of England School, we would hope that parents would fully support their child’s inclusion in the whole life of the school. To withdraw your child from collective worship, please make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher or you may either send a written request by letter to the Headteacher.
Our School Prayer
When we put our hands together we think about God.
Everyday we will do our best to take care of each other and all the living things on earth.
Help us to respect each other and trust one another.
Show me how to be an even better person today than I was yesterday.
Thank you God for guiding us today, tomorrow and always