Assemblies and Acts of Worship
Kings students have an opportunity to engage in Christian worship,
philosophical thought or spiritual reflection every day, whether that
be through scheduled collective worship, assembly or tutor time
Acts of collective worship are conducted in Houses (Avalon, Camelot,
Lyonesse and Tintagel) and are planned and delivered by local church
leaders and lay leaders from different Christian denominations.
Students attend St Andrew’s Church at key times in the
Christian calendar, with special services being held to commemorate
Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and Ascension. Kings students
contribute to these church services through narration, drama, art and
music, also by showing reverence.
Assemblies also offer an opportunity for collective worship and are
delivered by kings teaching staff, guest speakers and sometimes students.
These are purposeful formal gatherings with an academic, pastoral or
moral focus. The focus is linked to the school curriculum and environment,
world issues and current events. Every assembly provides an opportunity for
worship whether it be a Christian pause of thought/ moment of
reflection. Every act of collective worship, assembly and tutor time
aims to provide a learning experience that encourages social, moral,
cultural and spiritual development characteristic of the school
Christian ethos; encompassing the school values ‘Kings principles
of PRIDE’ uniting and celebrating the school community.
At the end of every term the whole school comes together to give
thanks, praise and recognition of the endeavours and achievements of
students, staff and members of the Kings’ community. The student
Senior team and House captains deliver the assembly, giving rewards to
those who have achieved in different areas of their school and
community life, with musical interludes from both student and staff
band and choir. Celebration and thanks are given by the school
leadership team and offered through Christian dialogue and prayer by a
foundation governor or the school chaplain. Coming together as a united
body allows each individual to be acknowledged and valued; instilling
pride to ‘believe and succeed.’
Examples of Collective Worship, Assemblies and Tutor time:
Ascension May 2019: Kings students attend St Andrews for their
Ascension Church service with year 13 climbing the tower and students
celebrating their musical accomplishments, playing at the top!
Easter April 2019: All houses attend St Andrews for their Easter
church service. The choir lead choral singing of the hymn ‘Lord of the
Christmas December 2018: All houses attend St Andrew’s for their
Christmas service, taking their handmade Christmas messages of peace
created during tutor time. Each house (Avalon, Camelot, Tintagel and
Lyonesse) place their messages of peace on a house tree, engage with
the Christmas story and look forward to Christmas.
Remembrance Day: November 2018: Kings students attend St Andrews to commemorate the centenary of
World War I and pay honour to our fallen heroes. Stories are told of
the courage and bravery of local soldiers and a poppy is presented by
each tutor group with the Cheddar roll of honour being recited.
Prayers are said for the fallen and for those still living with
conflict expressing the hope for peace.
End of term: Whole school assembly