Collective Worship Policy Rationale Collective worship is an important part of human experience. The coming together of different groupings of humans to celebrate facets of existence is as old as human history itself. In this act, we can see important aspects of civilisation and citizenship. We create opportunities to consider shared values and to reflect upon what it is to be human. Collective worship in assembly is therefore an important part of Academy life. It provides a period of time which brings together all aspects of the education that we offer. It can bind moral, spiritual, academic, social and cultural values. It helps students to see that they are part of something much larger than themselves. Purposes To create a period of time for reflection To bring the Academy together as a family To encourage students to value themselves and others To provide an opportunity to share and to celebrate To develop students understanding of not only their own role in contemporary British society but as citizens of Europe who have global interests To heighten awareness of major world religions, with particular emphasis on Christianity To comply with legal requirements on collective worship in schools Guidelines * Assemblies are a corporate act of worship. They are broadly Christian in nature. Assemblies take the form of a reading or short address, sometimes with music, slideshows or shot films. * Assembly is used to celebrate life at Hodgson. It is one of the major arenas in which students’ achievements are celebrated. Students are often invited onto the stage during assembly to receive awards to mark progress or achievement. Student musicians sometimes play during assemblies, or there are drama productions. * A great deal of time and thought goes into preparing assemblies. A rota listing who will take assembly is published prior to each term or half term. This rota is prepared by the Assistant Principal with responsibility for the organisation of assemblies. Announcements and sports reports should be passed in writing to the person taking the assembly or the aforementioned Assistant Principal. * Throughout the year, Academy assemblies are taken by the Principal, Associate Principal, Vice Principal, Senior Assistant and Assistant Principals and Year Student Progress Coordinators. Guests are invited into the Academy to take assembly from time to time, including local clergy. * Each Academy day will see one year group in assembly. On that day, forms in that year group will go straight to the assembly hall, with their coats and bags, rather than to their form room. The Progress Tutor will register the form in the hall, prior to assembly. At the end of the assembly, students will go straight to their Period One lesson. * In assembly, forms sit in order – Form A on the first two rows etc. Each form will have two rows of 15 seats. It is important that forms sit in the correct location. Students can put their coats and bags at their feet. Progress Tutors are responsible for ensuring that all members of their form attend assembly and sit in the allocated rows. Progress Tutors may also like to suggest their form sits in alphabetical/register order. Year Student Progress Coordinators will take the register when the Progress Tutor is absent. *On the four days when forms are not in assembly, Progress Tutors are expected to offer a thought for the day or a period of reflection. Material for this purpose is provided for the Progress Tutors. *Parents have the right to withdraw their children from assembly. If they wish to do so they must inform the relevant Year Student Progress Coordinator.
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