Be All You Can Be. With God, all things are possible. Matthew 19/26
At Offley Endowed Primary school there is a daily act of collective worship. This can be whole school but is also key stage based and class based.
Reverend Terrance Bell leads Collective Worship several times a term and we visit Mary Magdalene Church for Harvest and Easter services as well as other times.
As a church school we understand and value the importance of time together as a whole school. Every day the children gather together with the staff to share time with each other. This time together is called collective worship. The person leading the worship will mostly follow themes suggested by St. Albans Diocese. It is a time to share in the Bible, learn about Jesus and reflect on how faith shapes who we are and what we do. We end the collective worship with a prayer and a relevant song or hymn. On a Friday, we also celebrate the achievements of the children in our 'celebration assembly'. The children receive a 'resilience certificate' or a 'congratulations certificate' awarded by the teachers. We also give out 'Faith in Action' certificates during our celebration assembly.
The last Anglican Schools Inspection graded Offley as an Outstanding Church School.
Please click the SIAMS link below if you would like to view the inspection.
We invited Bart Gee to talk to the children on Tuesday. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis which means that he has weak muscles and stiff joints. After Bart was born, doctors said he would never walk and may not ever have the strength to be able to sit up independently, and he would have a bleak outlook to life. Read his story here ... https://www.breakinglimits.co.uk/about Bart shared his Christian faith with the children in a whole school assembly and then completed two workshops with our key stage two children. He mesmerized us with his piano playing and was a real inspiration of positivity for our children. Thanks so much Bart for sharing your story with us. It was an absolute pleasure to have you visit our school.
We continued our partnership with Wintershall in collective worship this week. Owen from Year 6 writes … ‘On Thursday, our assembly was led by Trish Bonnett from Wintershall. She acted out a story telling us how Jesus was a Jew, but he healed a lady’s daughter who was Greek. This shows us that Jesus doesn’t care where people are from or what their religious beliefs are, he loves everyone. '
This half- term we will be focussing in school on the value 'Thankfulness'. God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?' (Anon) Please have a look at the family friendly ideas in the Home School Values below. If you would like a printed copy, please ask Mr Edwards, your class teacher or the school office. Thank you.