It is a school expectation that all teachers lead worship and worship in the classroom following our school guidelines.
The worship sessions have been graded using a school system focusing on the elements of Christian distinctiveness, engagement and enjoyment of children, accuracy of relevant knowledge and adherence to our worship policy.
The Vicar and Curate, Collective Worship Leader and Head of School lead a collective worship session every week.
Our school 'call and response' is below.
The school’s aims, as detailed in our prospectus, are underpinned by a commitment to guiding our children to an understanding of the Christian faith. We aim for them to leave us, having started on a spiritual journey that will enrich their adult lives. The motto on the school sweatshirts helpfully reminds us that with faith, we endeavour to achieve. This reflects the Christian context in which all our pupils strive to make progress and enjoy forming encouraging and supportive relationships.
Consequently, the atmosphere of Kingsnorth is unique, often commented upon by visitors to our school. Behind this lies the consistent and valued place of Collective Worship as a whole school community. We meet for worship daily as a whole school and are led by all staff members in turn, incorporating the reading of the Bible and a modern song or traditional hymn. Pupils begin and end these times with words for gathering and sending the school community, often contributing prayers or using the official School Prayer written by the children themselves.
A team of pupils set up and operate all necessary audio visual equipment for Collective Worship, giving them ownership over these special moments in our day and the responsibility of teamwork.
There are many highpoints in our Worship calendar; Holy Communion is celebrated at the end of each term, led by the vicar from our neighbouring Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Kingsnorth. Weekly Achievement Assemblies reward pupils nominated by staff for their contribution to school life. Whilst not necessarily academic, this provides opportunity for celebration of development of the whole pupil and qualities of Christian character. The close links we have with our church give children in Years 4, 5 and 6 the opportunity to worship in a different space once each week, led by our vicar and school staff.
Any parent has the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship on religious grounds. Please speak to the Headteacher if you have any questions about this.