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.
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. The current restrictions on gatherings of larger groups restricts our ability to meet together as a whole school in Church each week however we have resumed our weekly Mass with year groups attending each week (Mass dates can be found in the school calendar). Additionally, we will continue our longstanding tradition to worship together with Father Richard each week and this will continue online alongside weekly Mass at the Grove and Broadway sites. 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. 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. Such large gatherings have been restricted during the covid pandemic however we have 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. 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.
Please find below our Christian Values Worship Slides for the current term.