Mildmay Junior School
The school assembly themes are developed around the values of
Our Assemblies also promote British values including
This includes national and internationally celebrated religious events and notable national days and events.
Additionally, at Mildmay Junior School, we recognise the need to respond to and discuss major world events as they occur - for example: human triumph over adversity, elections, outbreak of war, sudden natural physical event (e.g. volcanic eruption, earthquake) or the death of a significant person.
We follow the guidelines laid out by Essex SACRE
(Essex Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education)
They discuss the meaning of two important imperatives in order to meet the legal requirements regarding the style and character of daily collective worship.
1. Collective worship must always be inclusive.
Acts of worship should respect the wishes of religious believers by providing those who want to engage in prayer with the opportunity to do so, while giving others the opportunity to engage in meaningful personal reflection. The recommended ‘stimulus/response’ (shown later) explains how this can be achieved.
2. Collective worship must usually be broadly Christian.
Collective worship that is ‘broadly Christian’ is inclusive in that it deals with universal human values and issues that concern us all, Christians and non-Christians.
Essex SACRE believes that acts of collective worship or spiritual reflection should be meaningful and relevant to all those present. In order for this to be the case, SACRE has identified six principles which schools should apply with regard to daily collective worship.
Collective worship should:
1. promote a sense of community;
2. be educational;
3. promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development;
4. be a special time;
5. enable participants to be actively involved;
6. be of high quality.
Meeting the two imperatives and the six principles through the stimulus/response model
There is a model for collective worship that meets the two imperatives and six principles explained above. It is SACRE’s preferred model and is already widely used in schools. The model consists of presenting those present with a thought-provoking stimulus and then providing a few moments of quietness in which the participants are given the opportunity to reflect on what they have just seen and heard or, if they wish, to offer their own private prayer.
Pupils can be compelled into joining in the outward forms of worship, such as singing a hymn or saying a prayer; but no one can be compelled to actually worship.
Genuine worship is an inward, heartfelt response, freely given.
There is no requirement for schools to use hymns and prayers as part of their collective worship.