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Worship impact & children's input

Worshipping through flags:

We have grown beans from our good soil patch!

Parable of The Sower from the Bible:

We read the parable of The Sower in Collective Worship and discussed the different types of soil that the seed fell on how this impacts our life choices. As we left Collective Worship each child and adult received a handful of seeds to sow on the piece of soil they wished either as a mark of where they feel they are now, where they wish to be or just to mark their journey so far. 

Parks' class have since nurtured the seeds and they have started to grow on the good soil. 

We had a lovely service to celebrate Harvest in church led by Fr. Julius. The children brought gifts to donate to our local food bank and produced something to share with rest of the school community either a song, a basket, a poem, a prayer etc... Each class looked at a different aspect of Harvest. 


Leavers service:

Our Leavers service is a very special event in our school calendar and so we used our Gold Alter cloth to demonstrate this. We invited parents and grandparents of our Yr6 pupils to join is in the children's last Collective Worship here at Stanley St. Andrew's. 

Chabod 'The Glory': St. Alkmund's Church Derby

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Ash Wednesday fell in the half term week and so Fr. Julius came in on the first day back to lead Collective Worship introducing Ash Wednesday and Lent. All of our children had the opportunity to take part in having an ash cross marked on their forehead as a sign to remind us we are all human and are ash. 

Purpose of Collective Worship:

The purpose of Collective Worship described by our children. 

What our children enjoy about Collective Worship:

Christmas service in St. Andrew's:

Our deputy Head Girl and Head boy attend St. Andrew's church to be part of the Christmas service led by the Bishop of Repton. Mrs. Gresswell and Nicky as a school governor attended to represent the school. 

Confidence growing:

Children having the confidence to read passages from the Bible with the support from Fr. Julius. 

Christingle and Christmas service:

We had a lovely service on the 19th December held by Rev Jan. Rev Jan led a chocolate Nativity which children, staff and parents/grandparents all enjoyed. We then shared the children's drawings of the Nativity scene to leave in church to be displayed. Rev Jan then led an input on Christingle and the children had to explain how to create a Christingle and whether it had to be certain objects to represent the different parts such as Rev Jan used a cabbage instead of an orange for the world. 

As  a school we raised £49 for the Children's society. 

Christingle envelope entries:

A lovely Remembrance Collective Worship led by Barbra Daykin. Our children demonstrated their knowledge, understanding and their wisdom on the subject of Remembrance and why this is so important to us. 

Another lovely engaging Collective Worship by Fr Julius. Our children are actively engaging and taking part within the different elements of worship. 

Rev Christine and Fr. Julius:

We welcomed Rev Christine and Fr. Julius into school today to lead a worship on Remembrance it was incredible to see some of our children recognise the book selected by Rev Christine to share with us. 

We celebrated our school values through sharing the yr 6 jobs. 

We had a lovely Church service for Harvest led by Rev Jan. It was lovely to welcome our children, parents and staff back into our local church once again.

The death of our Queen:

We marked the end of an incredible Era of our Monarch and head of the Church. 

New beginnings Worship with Rev Ingrid:

We had a lovely visit from Rev Ingrid who led a wonderful worship on new beginnings and blessed our school family. It was lovely to see Ingrid and to see the children in school excited to see Ingrid as part of Church Clergy. We miss Ingrid and her worships both in school and in our local church. 


Creative ways of making a palm cross

Learning more about the Easter story

An important message from our children:

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Celebration Collective Worship celebrating always trying your best. 

How can we spread Kindness?

Learning to swim aged 5 years old

Learning to swim and splash in the big sea aged 4 years old

Starting big school aged 4years old

Riding a bike and Ballet. Aged 4 years old

Time to reflect:

Robin's Christingle service:

Children enjoyed our Christingle service lead by Rev Gill's pre-recorded video. 

Jack's Remembrance poem:

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Remembrance service 2020

Spirited arts challenge:

One of our pupils decided to sort through her toys and clean them to leave outside for any children who would like a toy can take one. This is fantastic! 
It is amazing to see children designing their very own Collective Worship at home and co-ordinate the worship for family to take part in. 

Our Service bottle!

This bottle was placed on our Worship table which allowed pupils to place the name of a child who had done something for them. We then thanked them in our Collective Worship which allowed children to celebrate Service within our community. 

We are focusing on service and the children have the opportunity to write their name and place it in the service bottle if they have serviced someone else or if someone has serviced them to then share in Collective Worship. Therefore, I would like to set a challenge to write a prayer for a person in school or out of school who has serviced them. 

Due on the  31st March so I can share during our Tuesday's Collective Worship and create a lovely whole school display. 

#LiveLent: Care for God's Creation

This Lent, we hope both adults and children might engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. It is an opportunity for us to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything. 

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#LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation is the Church of England's Lent Campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This year’s #LiveLent challenge offers 40 short reflections and suggested actions to help you, your family and your church live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature.

It has been inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK).

Saying Yes to Life

In the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020, Dr Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation in Genesis 1 to lift our focus from everyday concerns to issues that are affecting millions of lives around the world. Bursting with practical advice as well as biblical reflection, discussion questions and prayers, this is a stirring and liberating call to look after the world that God has made – and to share in God’s joy and creativity by making a difference