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Windlesham Village Infant School

Windlesham Village Infant School

Assembly

We hold a daily assembly between 1.05 – 1.20pm. Children are expected to behave appropriately for an act of worship, including entering and leaving quietly.  The children enter and leave assemblies to music. The daily assemblies take a different format each day. The Minister from our local church comes into school and takes Collective Worship when appropriate.  

Through Collective Worship at Windlesham Village Infant School, our children’s backgrounds will be acknowledged and celebrated, as well as those of different cultures.   This will enable our pupils to develop a growing understanding, awareness and knowledge of the varied practices and beliefs within the school and the local community. We aim to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values and reinforce positive attitudes.  School worship is intended to be inclusive of race, creed and family background. 

Children can be withdrawn from Collective Worship by their parents for various reasons after discussion with the Headteacher. All staff have the right to withdraw from Collective Worship, unless they have been employed specifically for this purpose. 

Collective Worship at Windlesham Village Infant School currently takes place as follows: 

Monday:  Values and PSHE assemblies linked to a weekly theme 

Tuesday:  Values and PSHE assemblies linked to a half-termly theme  

Wednesday: PSHE assembly led by Miss Powell.   

Thursday:  Religious assemblies led by R.E. Leader/ visitors from different churches/ religions  

Friday:  Celebration Assemblies (sharing good work and upholding values) 

The RE Leader is responsible for organising and planning “special “assemblies such as Harvest and Christmas and for establishing links with local faith leaders for their participation in particular worship occasions. 

Collective Worship is thematically based and incorporates the various faiths’ calendars, making full use of celebrations and festivals.  Stories, both thematic and religious are used as resources.  Involvement of the children is also an important part of the assembly.