Special Assemblies and Collective Worship

Collective worship involves all members of our school sharing time together in quiet moments of reflection to celebrate life and to show reverence to God. Everyone takes an active part in worship time; although parents do have a right to withdraw their child from participation should they choose to do so.

Every day, we schedule quiet moments for prayer; we have a special school prayer, as well as prayers for lunchtime and home time. We have daily assemblies led by teachers, children and special visitors, and the leaders will invite everyone to join them in quiet moments of reflection too. Children are particularly keen to say a spontaneous prayer at the end of the assembly. We light a candle and dim the lights which help to create a spiritual ambience which parents and governors enjoy too. We sing hymns and reflect on our lives, to show our thankfulness towards God.

Most of our assemblies are held in our hall, but sometimes we go to the church or even hold them outside! We also visit different places of worship, such as the Hindu and Sikh temples in Leicester; these help us to understand how other faith groups worship.

We use the Diocesan Collective Worship themes, which we adapt for our children and the posters we create are displayed in all rooms to reinforce the key messages of the assemblies.

Our School Prayer

This is our school, let peace dwell here
Let the room be full of contentment
Let love abide here:
Love of one another, love of life itself
And love of God.
Let us remember,
that as many hands build a house,
so many hearts make a school. Amen.

Our Lunchtime Prayer

For what we are about to receive,
May the Lord make us truly grateful. Amen.

Our Home-time Prayer

Lord, keep us safe this night,
Secure from all our fears.
May angels guard us whilst we sleep,
‘Til morning light appears. Amen.

Hymn Practice

Time to learn Hymns (which are another form of worship) and discuss their meaning, is built in to our weekly schedule. Everyone looks forward to Mr Cope’s singing demos!

Assembly Leaders

Older children plan, prepare and lead an assembly each week. They enjoy making PowerPoints, choosing the hymn and hold quizzes to support their evaluation. They are always keen to know what others think of their work! They encourage children of all ages to get involved with role play and have lots of fun encouraging them to make up dialogue. They write or say their own prayers and often have a story or reading from the Bible. These assemblies are very memorable and everyone looks forward to them.

We also have our special worship leaders who monitor and reflect upon our spiritual collective worship time. They help to set up the worship table and organise the music, books and seating arrangements. They are well-organised and do a great job.

Special Assemblies

Every Friday morning, our families are invited to attend our special assembly to share worship time, to share learning that has taken place during the week and to celebrate achievements. We sing songs, say prayers together, show work and celebrate success. Parents usually arrive a little earlier so that they have time to grab a cup of tea or coffee and catch up with friends; with our catchment being wide spread, this opportunity to meet up with one another is highly valued. Some of the awards we present include the following:

  • Merit Certificate - awarded to children who have shown great effort in lessons and produced fantastic work.
  • Hand of Friendship Certificate - awarded to children (sometimes staff and parents too!) for doing something really special to help others, or showing an act of kindness without being prompted.
  • Endeavour Cup - a special trophy awarded to a child who has received both a merit and hand of Friendship certificate on the same day.
  • Merlin Award - the charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, gave us a cuddly puppy who we call Merlin, after the clever dog who showed us how Hearing Dogs care for their owners. He is awarded to someone who demonstrates excellence linked to our Christian Value of the week, eg. someone who has good manners (Thankfulness), a peace-maker (Peace), someone who looks after the younger children without being asked (Compassion) or someone who is honest and truthful (Trust).
  • Class of the Week Trophy - the Headteacher's decision is final! She's always on the lookout for good manners, tidiness, hard work and positive attitudes.
  • Team Point Trophy - all children are in a team and collect points during the week. They are added up on Friday and the winners have their coloured ribbons attached to the special trophy.
  • Special Awards - swimming certificates, sports certificates and medals are just some of the extras awarded to children throughout the year.

Harriet spent four months studying penguins in the Antarctic. She talked to us in a special assembly.
 
Family and friends all joined us in assembly as we celebrated the success of the Viking Challenge.

We are so proud of our sporting achievements and love to celebrate them in assembly.
 
Our dancing superstars showing off their fabulous talents.

Footprints Theatre visits us regularly and entertains us with stories from around the world.
 
Our Mad Science assembly. Kaboom!

The Redmile Rap

Give it 1 (clap), give it 2 (clap, clap), give it 1,2,3 (x 4)

Chorus:
We are the children of Redmile School,
We take a pride in the things we do.
Learning together and having fun,
Who's for a good day? EVERYONE!

Give it 1 (clap), give it 2 (clap, clap), give it 1,2,3 (x 4)

Verse 1:
Give it all you've got
'Cos you've really got a lot.
Give it heart, give it mind,
Give it Soul don't stop! x 2

Chorus

Verse 2:
Everyone is special,
Everybody has gifts
So we're gonna work together
And we're gonna learn to give. x 2

Give it 1 (clap), give it 2 (clap, clap), give it 1,2,3

Repeat verses 1 and 2

Give it 1 (clap), give it 2 (clap, clap), give it 1,2,3

Chorus