Our Collective Worship takes place each day and is led by a several different groups including Open the Book, visiting clergy, staff members, House Captains and our Ethos Team. This may take place in the school hall or classrooms.
St. Mark's celebrate the work that Open the Book do in school. OTB is a project which offers primary school children an opportunity to see and hear the major stories of the Bible, presented in Collective Worship. It is run by a team of volunteers from local churches. They use the Lion Storyteller Bible and retell Bible stories creatively that engage the children with fun, interactive use of props, drama and costumes. Sessions are lively, and pupils have the opportunity to act with them.
Open The Book celebrate their 20th anniversary nationally and some of the children have created a design for their anniversary. One will be chosen, from the whole school and added to an anniversary book, which will be presented at a celebratory service at Gloucester Cathedral.
St. Mark's children have also made cards of thanks to our OTB team of volunteers.
This term the Ethos Committee led our collective worship about forgiveness which is our school value for this term. They taught us that when we say sorry to God for the wrong things that we have done, he forgives us completely and gives us a new start, a clean slate. Three children were chosen to cover their section of a blackboard with as much chalk as possible in 20 seconds. Then they had to wipe their boards clean. This represented how true forgiveness is like wiping the slate clean.
"Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others." Colossians 3.13
This term's value is Courage. Each class have a nominated Ethos Committee who, once a term, lead a class assembly incorporating that term's value.
"We like it because we can interact with our class and create awareness of the school value. We enjoy the responsibility it gives us as it makes us more independent." Julia
"We enjoy the fact that we can choose what to do in the assembly and how we are going to present it to the class." Connor
We presented an assembly about courage to the school. We told the story about Moses and the Burning Bush and shared an acrostic poem.
C - Carrying on when things are difficult
O - Over coming fear
U - Understanding and facing challenge
R - Risk being out of your comfort zone
A - Always believing in God's promises
G - Going for a goal
E - Empowered by encouragement
One of our favourite quotes was from Mary Anne Radmacher.
'Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.'
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