At Valley End our daily Collective Worship is ‘intrinsically Christian’ and is inviting, inspirational and inclusive. Collective worship is planned with weekly Christian themes that are linked to the school’s Golden Rules, vision, ethos and values. It is meaningful, interactive and age appropriate and is rooted firmly in the Christian faith, the Bible, and worship through singing, reflection and prayer. The different themes that are explored during times of collective worship can be applied within daily life in order to help pupils grow spiritually, emotionally and personally as well as growing together as a school community. Each theme is explored in a child-friendly, practical, easily to understand and relevant way and has a positive impact on the pupils’ sense of ‘Living Life to the Full’ and ‘Living Well Together’.
The Vicar of St Saviour and St Lawrence, Rev Dan Stork Banks (Vicar Dan) is a regular visitor to school and leads Collective Worship at certain times throughout each term. Vicar Dan also conducts child-friendly church services for staff and pupils at St Saviour Church at the beginning and end of each term as well as at Christmas and Easter.
The Children’s Worker from St Lawrence Church, Carina Franklin, is also a regular visitor at school and also leads various collective worship sessions throughout each term. Carina works closely with the school’s ‘Worship Team’ of pupils to plan and lead collective worship for our pupils. The ‘Worship Team’ also work with Carina to help plan and lead some of the children’s ‘Tea Services’ at St Lawrence Church.
Local clergy from St John the Baptist Church, Windlesham and All Saints Church, Lightwater also lead collective worship as well as the Engage group from Woking Churches together who lead ‘Open the Book’ sessions with the children.