We also welcome visitors from the community or St Mary’s Church to run Collective Worship.
Family worship for each class happens once a year within the termly theme and now happens in the morning from 9-9.20am.
Our planning for Collective Worship links closely to the Church of England calendar so important dates such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter celebrations are planned with members from St Mary’s Church.
This year we have introduced our new Worship Warriors. They are a group of children in year 6 that will support the delivery of Collective Worship and will eventually run their own. They will have a number of responsibilities around school to help further the development of our Christian ethos. These jobs will include talking to others about their opinions, monitoring our prayer corners and talking to visitors.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Our school values
All children, staff and governors were involved in developing our Christian Values.
It is these values that form the foundations at Kennington CE Academy and underpin everything we do.
Each value is explicitly Christian and linked to Jesus, His example and His teachings, in the form of parable, to make it memorable.
We celebrate them during our daily worship and explore them in all areas of our curriculum but specifically in our RE lessons.
Most importantly, we live them out in everything we do.
Our Christian 5 Core Values are:
We are also including the Church of England's core values that they have introduced this year:
You can find out more by following the link to the National Society website at:
Each classroom has a Prayer corner or reflection area, which are changed and added to regularly following worship. They are a place where the children can come and ponder, reflect and pray.
The areas have a key Christian value as its focal point and will include Bible verses, reflective questions, other artefacts and pictures to engage the children in thought and prayer.
They usually follow the same theme as collective worship to enable the children to deepen their understanding and thoughts behind each Christian message.
Whole school prayer areas
As a school we felt it was important to have different prayer points for the whole school community to engage with. Currently we have our
A) Prayer tree in our entrance area, which both adults and children contribute prayers to over the year.
B) Our themed prayer space in the entrance area that celebrates Christian festivals or special dates throughout the year such as Harvest, Remembrance Day and Advent.
C) Collective Worship board in the hall so children are able to look at it and the reflective questions during Collective Worship or other times they are in the hall.
D) We now have our reflective outside space, near our garden and quiet area. We have a brand new seating area which has key reflective questions or images to stimulate our children into deepening their views.
These areas have a huge impact on the children’s spiritual lives, we hope to develop children’s relationship with God when they write their prayers and to deepen their understanding and reflective thinking through our reflective questions.