Collective Worship

To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God and to devote the will to the purpose of God.  

Archbishop William Temple (1881 – 1944) 

Our school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School.

Bramley C of E Primary School preserves and develops its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at the parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils. 

Bramley C of E Primary School is part of the Diocese of Winchester and works actively with the Diocesan Education Team. Our Rector, the Reverend Mark Anderson, delivers collective worship on a regular basis. Members of the Church community lead 'Open the Book' weekly in school, an assembly which engages the children in stories from the Bible.

The school meets daily for collective worship, which is invitational, inspirational and inclusive. Collective worship is an integral part of our school day and reflects Anglican beliefs, practices and values in accordance with the requirements of the Trust Deed.  Worship themes and values are planned to help children experience awe and wonder, to promote willingness to reflect on their own experiences and those of others, and to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus.


Collective Worship - Summer 2

Our Christian Value this half-term is Dignity. It is the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically. The quality of being worthy of honour or respect.

We will be exploring dignity through bible verses including: (Gn 1:26-27) Human dignity originates from God and is of God because we are made in God's own image and likeness  and (Titus 2:7) In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified. 

Throughout the half term, we'll be reflecting on big questions such as:  How can we show dignity to others? How can we show dignity when we make mistakes? How can we show dignity in the face of change?



Collective Worship - Summer 1

Our Christian Value this half term is Wisdom. Wisdom is different to just being clever. Often wise people have lots of experience and can give good advice to help us make difficult decisions. Some people pray because they believe God can help them to live their lives wisely. We will look at verses from the bible including: Proverbs 4:7, Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgement. 

In addition, we will reflect on; what it means to be wise, how our new king may show wisdom and can wisdom help us to respect diversity.



Inspirational Speaker - James Ketchell…

On Monday 20th March, we were treated to a very inspirational Collective Worship. James Ketchell came in to speak to our Key Stage 2 pupils about his adventures across the world including climbing Mount Everest, rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, cycling around the world and becoming the first person to fly around the world in a gyro-copter. As well as sharing video footage and photos of his achievements, he also shared key learning experiences which link to our values, he gained on the way:

  • Respect - the world is full of amazing people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Courage - pursue your dreams and never giving up no matter how tired you feel
  • Love – when someone does a favour for you - pass it on by helping someone else

It was a fantastic experience and one which has inspired all of us to embrace the challenges that come our way!



Collective Worship - Spring Term

This half term we have been looking at the Christian Value of perseverance in our Collective Worships. We have looked at how we can show perseverance when we are challenged both in school and out of school. We have looked at individuals who have shown perseverance in different aspects of life including the shortest basketball player in NBA history - Muggsy Bogues as well as the inspirational Story of Nick Vujicic who you can find out more on the following link We used these stories alongside the story of St Peter, who persevered despite many setbacks.



Christmas Service (15th December)...

Unfortunately, temperatures of -9 degrees meant we needed to conduct our Christmas Service in our school hall opposed making the walk to St James Church. Rev. Mark joined us to lead our service which included singing and a collection of Year 6 readers retelling the magical Christmas Story. We had a fantastic time reflecting on Christmas and celebrating this very special time of year when God gave us the greatest gift of all.



Remembrance (11th November)…

Last Friday saw Bramley remember. Poppy sales throughout the week enabled the children to show their respect towards those people past and present who have fought in an attempt to keep peace and keep everyone safe. We marked the occasion with a Remembrance Service in the morning and the 2 minute silence at 11am. During the Service we shared the poem: What are we Fighting For? by Brian Moses and children across the school shared a range of work they have been creating including acrostic poems, Remembrance prayers and some children reading In Flanders Field by John McCrae. Remembrance is an occasion which reflects all three of our values: Love, Respect and courage.



Harvest – 14th October, 2022

On Wednesday, we welcomed Reverend Mark to school to lead our Harvest Worship. It was a lovely assembly of thanks giving, helping to think about the different people involved in supply chains so we have food and clothing. Children from across the school took part by sharing some of their learning about harvest. Year 2 children shared wonderful paintings of fruits, vegetables and farmers. Year 4 children shared a range of harvest poems while Year 5 children had written prayers linked to giving thanks and remembering the importance of sharing. Year 6 children presented information about harvest around the world, it was fascinating to hear the different times of year that harvest is celebrated and the foods shared.

We are amazed each year at the generosity of our community to support others. This year, we collected 257.5kgs of donations. This is an incredible amount and will create over 700 meals. It was extra special this year as the House Captains represented the community as they helped deliver the goods to the foodbank in person.



Collective Worship update - 30th September, 2022

Throughout this half term, our focus value has been community. We’ve been exploring ‘big questions’ around the theme which have included: What is a community? and How can we welcome others into our special community? as always, Rev’d Marion and Rev’d Shona have been in delivering some of our collective worships and engaging the children in a range of creative ways. We’re looking forward to making the short walk to Rotherwick Church on Thursday 13th October for our Harvest Celebration. We will be asking for donations of non-perishable foods which we will use the mini bus to deliver to a Hart Foodbank in Hook.