Collective Worship is integral to the ethos of our school. As a school with strong Christian foundations, we value this special time daily, when we come together to explore, discuss and reflect on Christian faith.
Our collective worship not only focusses on key Christian festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Lent. The children also have an opportunity to think about significant festivals and events of other key religions (e.g. Divali, Eid and Rosh Hashanah) and, when possible, hear from leaders of other faiths. We have an informal 'cultural team' of parents, staff and pupils who guide us on the key events and practices of different religions so that we can best serve our community and their religious beliefs.
We enjoy a close relationship with St Andrews with the local vicar and/or members of the parish leading at least one act of worship weekly. We also hold regular school services at St Andrews church.
Our termly themes are based on a wide variety of appropriate resources, including those produced by the Oxford Diocese and aim to support children to understand the Christian values of the school whilst encouraging them to develop their own thoughts around Christian faith and understanding of other faiths.
We also have a clear Spirituality Statement and document which has been created with staff and governors.
Our Spirituality Statement:
"At Sonning CE Primary School, ‘spirituality’ is building strong foundations for a positive sense of identity and appreciation of the world around us."
Our Spirituality Statement document can be found in the document list below.
We have an ongoing self evaluation document, which can be made available for SIAMS inspectors or any other interested party.
The right to withdraw
Parents/Carers have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship, and should speak to the RE Lead, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher to discuss this.