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Collective Worship

Oh when the Saints....


During Collective Worship, there are always plenty of opportunities for our Leaders to deliver our still time. The House Captains and the Vice House Captains came together to talk to us all about the importance of Saints and how we can each be considered a Saint within the Christian Family.

Deepening Tolerance Week 2022


During this week, each year group has learned about someone who has faced adversity due to their race, religion, beliefs, ability, gender or sexual orientation. Each daily collective worship focussed on how these people are inspirational to us and by the end of the week, we were able to build  upon our prior knowledge to apply their inspirational stories to our own world-views. 


Year 6 have looked at the 9 protected characteristics and have debated their importance; they decided that the 2010 Equality Act needed to be updated to include the fact that sizeist attitudes should not be tolerated in society. 


Reading hooked each year group in as we all visited The Library to reveal clues that would eventually lead us to a story about our focus person of the week...



Keeping safe online - Digital Leaders worship

Prayers for Peace


The Children of St Thomas' responded to the conflict that has been in our news by requesting that the Key Stage Two collective worship be cancelled this week so that we could have a 'drop in' prayer session. The children reached out to Reverend Jane and the Church School Council worked with the Language Ambassadors to be able to create a chance for parents, pupils and the school community to pray for peace.  

Our Prayers for Peace on the news

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The seven 'I am's of Jesus


During term three, we have been learning about who Jesus said he was - and what that meant for people 2,000 years ago and what that means for people today. 


Here are some responses from children from some of our Collective worships that have been led by Reverend Sally, Reverend Jane, Miss Kelly, Mrs Shaw (and her puppet Sid) and members of the Church School Council. 


'I am the Light of the world...'


"Sid wants to shine like a light to make the world a brighter place so he uses Jesus' light." Willow, Year 2


'I am the bread of life...' 

"We need to eat or we are hungry." Leo, Year 1

"I notice that Jesus talks about bread at the last supper too. He says that he is the bread then the disciples eat it."  Vasile, Year 4


'I am the good shepherd...'

" Jesus told this story so that the people who were shepherds would understand. They know what it is like to protect and care for their sheep so he used this story for them to understand God's love." Oliver, Year 6


'I am the gate...'


'I am the vine...' 



"It felt very special when we all held onto the ribbon. We were all connected like being branches on a vine." Freddie, Year 5

"If a branch is removed from the vine, it will not receive any nutrients. Eventually it will wither and die and it will not bear any fruit." Sophie, Year 6


'I am the way, the truth and the life' 


"I am the resurrection and the life...'


Chinese New Year

At St Thomas', we have been excited to examine how Chinese New Year - which is a cultural celebration different to the New Year Celebrations in England - shares so many similarities to how we celebrate and how different religions celebrate their festivals of light too!


Gift-giving, fire works, traditional dances and decorations are all a part of so many celebrations. Even though people around the world may move to different countries and take their traditions with them, really all of us celebrate in the same human way: we come together to share in joy!


Junior Safe Guarding Officers and Digital leaders: Safe online choices


During this time of Advent, we have each had time to be still and to reflect. We have enjoyed coming together as a school family to be still at such a busy time of year. Children in Years Reception, One, Three and Five have prepared Nativities, Carol services and Christingle services in partnerships with the local community and our local church of St Thomas. 


Spirited Arts Winner


What a wonderful way to keep up with current affairs: we have launched Picture News across the school. Each week, the discussion picture (linked to the news) leads us to explore British values, our rights according the the UN Rights of the child and how, through our core values, we can encourage each other to be overflowing with hope as we look at different people from The Bible. These Bible stories, examples, mistakes and triumphs are all lessons we can learn from to enrich our school community and our relationships with others. 



Remembrance 2021

For Remembrance, Year 6 have opened a Poppy shop to raise funds for The Royal British Legion and the work they undertake to support Veterans and their families. The children have also devised, rehearsed and delivered a community service at St Botolph's Church and a service of Remembrance for the School. 

The children have organised the creation of a new school cenotaph; they have decorated it thoughtfully and with deep reflection. The children also invited a veteran to be a part of our service as well as a member of the school family with close military connections.

October 2021

Harvest Around the World

What a wonderful way to begin October with a focus about Harvest! In class, the children all had a country which they researched or shared information about how harvest was completed. Prayers were written and shared and are now displayed in Hall.


YR – Great Britain

Y1 - Australia

Y2 – India

Y3 - Poland

Y4- Bulgaria

Y5 - Ghana

Y6 - Singapore

Harvest in Poland


Year 2 celebrated in school and at St. Thomas' church through their performance in front of parents, which was just fantastic! It was well received and a beautiful message spread.We thank everyone for their contributions.



God's stewards, St. Thomas's disciples 

As part of our vision of encouraging each other, the children after successfully applying and getting through the interview stages were awarded their leadership roles. The Collective Worship began by looking at Jesus and the work of the disciples. We are hopeful that we can all make a difference in our school community.

September 2021

Through September the core values of Trust and looked at Bible stories of the storm on the lake and Noah's Ark. The children have spoken about people who are trustworthy, practical ways we can show others that we are trustworthy and why it is important to trust others when working together. It was interesting watching them in their role play explaining how God trusted Noah.


We also looked at Respect in our own school and wider community including through other faith. We thought about what this looks like and how we will demonstrate this.


29th September -SIMCHAT TORAH
(Rejoicing with the Torah)

29th September -SIMCHAT TORAH
(Rejoicing with the Torah)


Big Question: What does it mean to be trustworthy?


We listened to Aesop's tale of the fox and the crow. We continued to explore the value of trust from our Collective worships at the begining of the week and answered our big question for the week. 



Our value for the first week back is Trust. We listened to the wonderful story of Jonah and the whale and explored how God and Jonah put their trust in one another. 

Making a difference to our environment, our world. 


Today we read the story of 'The man who planted trees' from the Woodlands Trust. The pictures in this story are woodcuts. Woodcuts are a type of art print. Artists carve pictures or patterns onto a piece of wood, then cover it in ink and press it onto paper or cloth to create the print. 

A whole forest was planted just by one man's small actions. 

We discussed the message of the story and how some actions can make a big difference. 

Making a difference


We started our week discussing 'I am a voice calling in the wilderness' John 1:23. We explored how using our voice can make a difference to ourselves and others. 


Class Collective Worship


In our class collective worship this week, we continued exploring the value of unity through a 'Big Question'.

KS1: What makes us a school family?

KS2: What does unity mean to me?

This week in Collective Worship, we have explored the value of Unity.

Unity means being united and joined as a whole. We explored the story of Jesus' special friends and discussed how we show unity in our school family. 


'And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.'

Colossians 3:14

St David's Day

Today is a special day within the Christian calendar. It is St David's Day. We looked at who he is and why is he important to both Christians and people who live in Wales. He is the patron saint of Wales. 



In our Collective Worship we explored symbols further, and today we looked at the symbols in the religion of Hinduism and their importance. 



Lenten Promises

We discussed the importance of Lent and how Christians would sacrifice (give up) something. We reflected on how we can make a difference through making promises to do something. For example: acts of kindness, giving away toys and clothes we no longer use. 



The beginning of Lent

What a fantastic Collective Worship delivered by Mrs Morris. We discussed the what happens at the start of Lent. We began our journey with Shrove Tuesday. We watched Mrs Morris make some very delicious pancakes, as she discussed the importance of Lent. 


 Festivals of Islam

We explored key religious festivals, which are important within the religion of Islam. We explored the festivals of Ramadan and Eid. 


What does it mean to be a shepherd?

In today’s Collective Worship, we discussed our Big Question of the week.


Thank you, God,

That you are like the very best shepherd-

you give us everything we need.

You lead us along safe paths,

and we don’t need to be afraid,

because you are with us wherever we go.

Thank you, God, our shepherd.



We read David and Goliath in our story time today and explored David’s acts of compassion towards others.


Holy Symbols

Today with Miss Bunn and Sid we explored different symbols within other world religions. 


The Good Samaritan

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Psalm 145:8

Today we explored the story of the Good Samaritan. A story of compassion, trust, forgiveness and kindness. We discussed how we give random acts of kindness throughout our day.



Big Questions on Forgiveness

How did God show forgiveness in the story of Jonah? https://request.org.uk/restart/2020/03/26/bible-quest-jonah/

God forgave Jonah and he also forgave the Ninevites for their behaviour. He gave them both second chances. Today we discussed:



This week our theme is Forgiveness. Today we read the story of Jonah and the whale. We explored how God forgave Jonah for trying to run away, because he didn’t want to go to Nineveh. We discussed what forgiveness means and ways it can be shown.

Holy Books

In our Collective Worship today, we explored other religious worldviews. With Miss Bunn we explored holy books from different religions.



A wonderful Christingle Service delivered by Reverend Jane, Trevor and the Y6 School Council members. We celebrated together today to remember Jesus is the light of the world. We sang two beautiful songs and listened to Bible readings and prayers.


A lovely Collective Worship delivered by Reverend Jane. We discussed how Christians prepare for Jesus coming at Christmas time. 

As we light the first candle on our Advent Wreath, we reflect upon Jesus being the light in our lives and pray together. 


Lord Jesus, Light of light,

you have come among us.

Help us who live by your light

to shine as lights in your world.

Glory to God in the highest.


St Andrew’s Day

A saint is a person who is recognised as having an exceptional degree of holiness or closeness to God.  In today’s Collective Worship, we explored who Saint Andrew was and why he is celebrated on the 30th November. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, who dedicated his life to sharing the religion of Christianity. He followed Jesus for the rest of his life.

We discussed the following question:


Anti-Bullying Week


What a brilliant Collective Worship delivered by Mrs Shepherd. It was great to hear the children’s thoughts and opinions. We certainly do need to be united against bullying.


Remembrance Service

This week Year Six have delivered a poignant Remembrance Service. We have been so proud of Year Six! Well done for your maturity and respect of sharing your messages of remembrance, peace and hope.


A Time of Remembrance

Coming together as a school community to reflect upon and remember all those in the armed forces, past and present. We will remember them.

Deepening Tolerance 

A super Collective Worship delivered by Reverend Jane today. Discussing diversity, with reference to a variety of beautiful flowers. Flowers can teach us many things about community: flowers are all different but they are better together in unity. 


Harvest of Hope

Our beautiful prayers and artwork displayed at the Stump. 


Deepening Tolerance Week 


Deepening Tolerance Week is off to a great start. In Collective Worship today we discussed our community and the diversity we have within it. We discussed that showing respect to others, those who are similar and those who are different, has a positive impact. Let’s all choose to be respectful of all people and demonstrate tolerance and make a positive difference to the nation we live in. It is the right of all people to live a happy, safe, healthy and fulfilling life and it is all of our responsibility to do all we can to protect the rights of all human beings. 


Harvest of Hope

This year the whole school focus is on hope. We wanted to share our creations with the community. 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 created some lovely Harvest cards. Year 5 have written beautiful poems, which were inserted into the cards. These were shared with the surrounding community. 

Year 3 and Year 4 have written some thought provoking prayers and Year 6 created some stunning perspective artwork. The prayers and artwork were shared with St Botolph's. 


Church School Council Elections

A fantastic Collective Worship delivered by Reverend Jane about how we learn from the life of Jesus.


Welcome back to a brand new school year!