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. Despite the restrictions on gathering in larger groups for collective worship during the Covid-19 pandemic, our pupils continued to have daily opportunities to worship either in smaller class groups or online and we are delighted to have resumed our in person worship this academic year.
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. Mass takes place twice a week (dates can be found on the school calendar) and pupils take an active role in worship through our team of servers, thriving school choirs and our pupil worship team. Parents are warmly encouraged to attend Mass and join us in worship in Church or in the Grove Hall each week. 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.
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. Christ the King is a particularly uplifting service and traditionally our Broadway choirs will sing items such as The Lord’s my Shepherd, Ride on, King Jesus and Let all the world in Ev’ry Corner Sing accompanied by trumpeters. Our pupil worship team contribute to the service through readings and prayers and it is a school tradition to have 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. When large gatherings were restricted during the covid pandemic we seized other opportunities for special worship events such as our choir taking part in PromPraise online and each year group recording an Advent Carol Service in the Church.
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. For our Lent Appeal during the Covid-19 pandemic, pupils used their gifts in lots of wonderful and creative ways to raise money for the NHS charities. This academic year, each year group chose their own charity for their Lent fundraising with different year groups choosing charities linked to their curriculum, recent global learning and international events. Previous years have seen the whole school community working 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, have also been 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.
Our whole school Collective Worship videos for the term can be found on the Collective Worship Videos page. You can find the weekly class hymn reflections for the current academic year below.
Please find below our whole school Collective Worship Slides for the last academic year, 2020-21.