Assemblies and Collective Worship
Assemblies at Hawthorns School are an important part of school life but have recently been limited due to the restrictions of Covid-19. We hope to reintroduce weekly assemblies to enable some of our pupils to experience these important discussions and celebrations. Due to expanding pupil numbers and limited hall space, assemblies may be limited to just a few classes at a time and be on a rota basis.
Where possible, we look forward to inviting parents to watch some of our assemblies.
Examples of assemblies include:
• A weekly celebration assembly where pupils’ achievements in the classroom and outside of school are celebrated. This also includes recognising good attendance.
• An assembly based on a charity or organisation: Red Nose Day, Children in Need, World Wildlife Fund
• An assembly tied in with a nationwide event or awareness campaign, such as Anti-Bullying Week or World Book Day.
• An assembly based on current affairs, such as climate change or food poverty.
• Assemblies to address an issue that is affecting pupils, such as bad behaviour at playtimes.
• A class assembly, where one class leads the assembly, usually showing what they’ve been learning, e.g. through showing work, drama, dance and music.
• Singing assemblies where children learn new songs
• Assemblies to celebrate Sports Week and other key themed weeks and events during the year – Harvest, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Easter etc
In accordance with DfE legislation, all special schools must, “so far as is practicable”, provide daily collective worship for every pupil that must be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.’
The school recognises the right of parents to withdraw their children from religious worship and instruction under the 1986 Education Act. Where possible alternative arrangements will be made for children who are withdrawn. The school has no religious affiliation
Collective worship is an opportunity for a daily, short session of quiet calm and reflection and will vary depending upon the ages and needs of individual and classes of children. It may be linked to the R.E. theme, a story/poem, current events, music, personal values, artefacts or objects, posters, videos, thoughts, feelings etc. We endeavor to make Collective Worship meaningful for all our children and allow opportunities for discussion, questions and non-verbal responses.
Collective Worship does not always take place in a school assembly- where it does, it is kept separate to allow time for pupils/staff to leave the room if necessary.