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 introduced our new Worship Warriors. They are a group of children in year 6 that supported the delivery of Collective Worship and ran their own. They had a number of responsibilities around school to help further the development of our Christian ethos. These jobs included talking to others about their opinions, monitoring our prayer corners and talking to visitors. They are currently training up our new warriors that are so keen they have already started! We have 17 new Worship Warriors who will be taking on even more responsibility around school in the coming terms!
1 Peter 3:8
All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
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.
Most importantly, we live them out in everything we do.
Our Christian 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 one of our Christian Values 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) Reflection area in the entrance hall which both adults and children can contribute prayers to over the term. It follows a theme for the term and is used to celebrate Christian festivals or special dates throughout the year such as Harvest, Remembrance Day and Advent.
B) Our prayer tree located near the year 3 classrooms where children can leave prayers or respond to reflective questions.
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. This area will be updated this term- look out for the new aspects that the Worship Warriors will help to ddevelop.
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.