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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

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Collective Worship

Collective Worship at Great Missenden School

Religious Education is taught following the Diocese of Oxford Agreed Syllabus guidelines and is intended to give children a sound knowledge of Christianity and other world religions.


Before the restrictions that Covid-19 brings, assemblies were held every day for our collective worship. Assemblies are lively, engaging and full of surprises. There will often be a story, a quiz, a short film presentation or a game requiring audience participation. The children have a wide repertoire of songs, and love to raise the roof, often singing in rounds or harmony.


As a school, we currently cannot meet as one large community. However this not does stop us delivering empowering assemblies designed to make the children think, question the norm and challenge stereotypes. We still firmly believe worship is the heart of our school.


We currently have a minimum of two assemblies per week. These are either filmed and played to the class as a video or we zoom between year groups. Monday’s assembly is led by our Vicar, Revd. Rosie Harper and each year group visits the Church at least once a term for a service in which the children take an active part. Find out more about our local church, St Peter and St Paul, on their website: Friday's assembly is a 'Brilliant Book' designed to share and showcase the children's efforts over the week. 


As well as our wonderful assemblies, we have plenty of other opportunities to allow the children to worship. In each class you will find a prayer wall. Here the children can place prayers and thoughts, either as a way to reflect or simply a form of release. A cross is clearly displayed with a grace said before each lunchtime. Our six Christian values are at the front of classrooms as a constant reminder to demonstrate: Faith, Truth, Love, Community, Respect and Courage. At Great Missenden, we believe we should "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." So much so, we have revolved and based our behaviour policy around Matthew 7:12.


Each class has the opportunity to prepare and present an assembly to the school and parents. This is usually related to the work being done in class and gives all the children a chance to perform in front of an audience. These occasions are usually within the school hall. However, with restrictions in place, we will be filming our class assemblies for the foreseeable future.


What does Collective Worship look like at Great Missenden School?


Collective Worship does not just mean assemblies. It is embedded in everything that we do in school! Our values are constantly referred to and children are encouraged to reflect upon their learning regularly. 



Assemblies at Great Missenden School:



Rev. Rosie Harper or Elizabeth presents a Christian story and discusses current events. A member of SLT introduces a theme or topic for the week/month e.g. Black History Month


Although no assembly is scheduled for these days, year groups are expected to use circle time or zoom to discuss school values, current events and mental wellbeing. SLT can also film additional additional assemblies for year groups to watch over these three days.




The ‘Brilliant Book Assembly’ celebrates and praises the achievements of the children.



What does Collective Worship mean to us?

Collective Worship News:

Below you will find pictures of special days held at school, interesting assemblies, charity events and church visits that reinforce our Collective Worship ethos at Great Missenden School.

We are SIAMs outstanding! Full report at the bottom of the page