At St Francis Xavier, we believe that Collective Worship in a Catholic school names and celebrates God's presence in our lives. It is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God's invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
The children in Nursery are encouraged to participate in their own celebrations, such as: Class Collective Worship, School Assemblies, Class Masses, Class Prayers, Feast Days and Seasonal Celebrations. Collective Worship is celebrated every day. In our class, we are blessed to have special place of prayer where we can reflect, calm down and find God.
FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
-Wednesday 7th October 2020
Today is the special feast day in the Roman Catholic Church. According to Catholic traditions, the rosary was given to Saint Dominic in a vision of the blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was assumed into heaven with her son Jesus Christ and is often referred to as 'Queen' because of her motherhood and because God gave her an exceptional role. Rosary beads help us to count the number of Hail Mary's said and the fingers are moved along the beads as the prayers are recited.
To mark this feast, the Nursery children created their very own Rosary and during our Collective Worship we focused on the different mysteries and the meaning of the Rosary.
HARVEST FAST DAY
In Nursery, we celebrated Harvest Fast Day by reading a story called, 'What Wanda Wants'.
The children were listened to a story 'What Wanda Wants' learning that it is important to have manners and to say 'Please' and 'Thank you'. In the story Wanda never said this when asking for something, the children said that Wanda should say 'Please can I have this' and say 'Thank you' afterwards. The children understood that we always must be polite. We also discussed what we are thankful for and some of the children during choosing time created 'Thankful Leaves' in our Reflection Area and drew what they were grateful for.
Nursery had lots of fun creating the harvest fruits and vegetables for our Harvest display and playing in our Farm Shop role play area where they used please and thank you rules.
REMEMBRANCE DAY- 11th NOVEMBER 2020
During this time of remembrance, we have been thinking about how we can show our respect to those people that lost their lives for us and those that still do. We learnt about the significance of Remembrance Day in class and at a special assembly too. Nursery created their own poppies for our class display and we used them to decorate our school. Pupils at St Francis Xavier have created a field of poppies to dedicate it to those people who have sacrificed their lives for us.
BLESSING OF THE ADVENT WREATHS
We gathered together to pray as a school community in the spirit of Advent. We had a special assembly to bless our class Advent Wreaths. Our Nursery children created their own little Advent Wreaths. Father Chris read out the meaning behind the wreath and candles, led us in prayer and we had beautiful readings from the Year 6 and Year 2 classes. We filled our playground with our beautiful singing.
What a great start to 2020 Advent!
OUR NURSERY NATIVITY
For our Nativity the children performed the story of Jesus birth.
We had awesome angel, stunning star, wise Kings, Mary, Joseph, shepherds and fantastic animals!
The childtren did an excellent job at retelling the story and sang beautifully throughout!
Well done everyone!
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP DURING LOCKDOWN
During the new lockdown period (January 2021) we will share our Collective Worship through Microsoft Teams. Collective Worship is a time to focus on God and His love for us, to worship Him with songs and dances, to learn from the Bible, to reflect on the teaching and to pray together.
It is a colourful, vibrant and enjoyable part of school life.
RESILIENCE COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
During our online Collective Worship we explored the theme of resilience. We were thinking about the idea of resilience- keeping going even when we encounter difficulties. We have been learning that resilience is not an easy thing to do, but it makes a huge difference. It's also something we can learn to get better at!
The children had so many ideas how we can show and practise resilience.
ALL DIFFERENT, ALL SPECIAL!
During our Collective Worship, we have reflected that everyone is different and that makes us special.
The world is a wonderful place, full of variety. Whether we look at plants, trees, animals or humans, we see differences that make the whole world more exciting and amazing. If we were all the same, the world would not be as much fun. The fact that we are all good at different things and get on with different people makes the world better.
We thank God for the differences around us.
We are all different . . . we are all special!
RESPECT MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO BE
Respect is a two way street! We treat people the way that we would like to be treated.
During the collective worship we focused on the importance of respecting each other and the responsibilities we must take on to do this effectively. The children shared their ideas about how to treat each other and staff with great respect. There were some thoughtful ideas about how people can show respect to the other people, to pets and to our world.
Have a look at the collective worship that was delivered to the children about our value of respect.
WHAT MAKES FRIENDSHIP SO SPECIAL?
Friendship is a central part of living a life shared with other human beings. In a world where many of our relationships are lived through smart-phones, it's somethimes hard to identify what a real friend is,
and what makes that friendship something to be treasured.
This collective worship explored the Bible's teaching on what friends are for, and what makes them so special. We reflected and thought about how to be a better friend to those we care about and what qualities make someone a good friend.
During this collective worship we discussed what responsibility means and what areas of our lives do we have responsibility for. We talked that the adults in our life have many responsibilities from ensuring the children have food to eat, to making sure the children feel safe and loved. When at school, the teachers expect all children to follow the school rules, to work to the best of the children's ability and to respect one another. We discussed about our responsibilities at home and at school community. The children had some great examples whether they are being responsible or not.
Taking responsibility takes time and effort. Let's develop our sense of responsibility together!