At Our Lady and St Joseph Primary School collective worship is far more than a statutory requirement. It is crucial to the spiritual life of Our Lady and St Joseph and to pupils’ moral and spiritual development. Collective worship is an important part of a Catholic school’s distinctive ethos.
Taking part in daily collective worship helps build community cohesion by creating a consistent structure around the core values and symbols of Christianity. In Catholic schools, pupil participation and engagement in worship are important criteria in the diocesan inspection of Catholic education, not least during the daily act of collective worship. From Reception to Year 6, pupils are invited to play an active part in collective worship.
Throughout the year, Our Lady and St Joseph celebrates important events in the Church’s calendar, such as Lent and Advent, as well as the start and end of the academic year. Through regular prayer and worship, including Mass, the rhythm of the Church’s year becomes a normal part of school life and each pupil’s life.