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 activities.

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:

Collective worship

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 dance.’

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