At Christ the Saviour we aim to be inclusive, invitational and inspiring in our collective worship, preparing children for a life of worship and enabling them to use their gifts to participate both individually and collectively.
Our vision is rooted in our Christian foundation and the provision of collective worship is at the heart of our school life with daily opportunities for prayer and worship for pupils and staff.
Our collective worship seeks to reaffirm, strengthen and practise our core Christian values of love and service and celebrates each unique member of the school community as made in the image of God; recognising the individual gifts each has to offer. Additionally, through collective worship we seek to develop a sense of community within the school and the Church and foster the sense of being part of a wider community through the celebration of achievements, festivals, fundraising and special events.
Our collective worship uses celebration, silence, stillness, reflection, contemplation, meditations, prayer, song, symbols and imagery as vehicles for worship and spiritual growth.
It has been a much loved tradition at the school for pupils, staff and parents to regularly celebrate Mass together. This takes place twice a week led by Father Richard or other local priests; we are grateful for our close links with other local churches such as St Thomas the Apostle Hanwell, St Matthews Ealing Common and St Barnabas Pitshanger Lane. Mass at the Grove Site takes place on a Tuesday and at the Broadway Site on a Thursday in our parish church. Parents are invited to both weekly masses. Pupils actively participate in mass through serving, choral singing, reading, prayer and as stewards.
Our collective worship is engaging and inclusive and our pupil worship team supports the planning of our worship calendar each term using the year group collective worship response books to evaluate the impact of our daily worship.
Special Worship Events
We love planning events to celebrate major Christian festivals such as Carol Services , Nativity plays and Easter performances. We enjoy planning a large celebration for Christ the King to mark the end of the Church’s year. In November 2019, our four Broadway choirs, accompanied by trumpeters, sang items such as The Lord’s my Shepherd, Ride on, King Jesus and Let all the world in Ev’ry Corner Sing. Our pupil worship team contributed to the service through readings and prayers and we had a joyous procession with staff carrying banners that survived the bombing and destruction of St Saviour’s Church on the Grove during the second world war.
Worship through Giving
We recognise that worship is not just what we do when we gather together at an event in school or in church but God calls us to worship him with all of our lives and means. As a school we take great joy in expressing our gratitude to God through fundraising for charities; in the last year the whole school community worked together wonderfully to raise money for local charities such as Ealing Foodbank and Ealing Winter Night Shelter. Larger National Charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Genes for Jeans, were also supported through school organised events and generous giving.
An educational professional who visited the school in March 2020 wrote in our visitors’ book:
I visit many schools across Ealing and whenever I visit CtS, I feel a deep sense of peace and tranquility in the environment. I’m inspired by the connection students show towards peers and adults around them. Fostering self-love within each individual is key to developing a loving attitude towards the school, within the community and more globally toward the outside world – thank you for making me feel a valued part of this community.
A copy of our collective worship and spirituality policy can be found below.