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Liturgical Calendars (including Collective Worship)

Please note all calendars are subject to change. Please see our weekly newsletters for the most accurate dates of class liturgies and events.

Autumn Term 2023 – 2023/24 – Autumn Term – Collective Worship & Liturgical Calendar – St. Ignatius

Autumn Term 2023 – Ten Ten Collective Worship Overview Autumn Term 2023

 

Spring Term 2024 – coming soon…

Summer Term 2024 – coming soon…

 

Collective Worship

Each class is given several opportunities to pray throughout the day, with one of these being a longer, more formal Collective Worship, as detailed below.

Please see the collective worship/liturgical calendar above for a clear plan of when and how we worship regularly at St. Ignatius.

 

Whole School Collective Worship

Our whole school comes together at 2 to 3 three times per week for worship – sometimes more when we celebrate Mass together at church.

On a Monday, we come together to share the Ten:Ten weekly worship. This is led by Mrs Connell, the RE leader or another teacher in school. This is so we all share and lead in worship and set an example to children that we are all involved in the delivery of worship – including them! Please see the most recent long term plan for this worship above.

On a Tuesday, Miss Jackson delivers a Gospel worship to the whole school, reflecting on its message for us today and we share our prayer intentions for the week. Our prayer intentions are written by the Mini Vinnies (previously by CAFOD Club).

Alternatively on a Tuesday, children are given the opportunity to deliver a worship in their own classrooms. They work together with the teacher to prepare an appropriate liturgy which they then deliver (please see more details below on child-led worship).

On a Wednesday, Class 5 children deliver the Wednesday Word in the afternoon after preparing in the morning. The Wednesday Word is then shared with families and parents on Class Dojo so the messages can be shared with our whole school community.

On a Friday, our school meets together again in celebration of the past week in our SANGAM assembly. This incorporates an element of Collective Worship, focusing on how we have shown the weekly mission and virtues in our lives. Classes are given the opportunity here to deliver a worship using the Virtues to Live By or for a particular part of the liturgical season – Advent for instance (see more information below). Parents from our school community are invited to this, again ensuring the Word of God can be heard and experienced by all.

 

In-Class Worship/Child-Led Worship

Every two weeks, in order to give children adequate preparation time, children are able to plan and deliver their own worship in their classroom. This is often supported by the use of CAFOD Children’s Liturgy resources, Ten Ten resources and any other resources the class teacher feels appropriate for the time of the liturgical season. Children are supported by class teachers as necessary, with this support slowly being decreased as they increase in either age of confidence, dependant upon the child’s/children’s needs.

In 2023/24, we plan to support and allow children across Key Stage Two to deliver their planned worships to Key Stage One pupils to begin to build their confidence in front of multiple audiences and age ranges!

 

The Wednesday Word

The Wednesday Word Website

Imagine a sower going out to sow. Some seeds fell on rich soil and produced their crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 13:3 & 8

The Wednesday Word spreads the Gospel in a powerful way – sowing seeds to school parents and their families.

The Wednesday Word mission aims to help all school families draw closer to God, to the Church and to each other. The Wednesday Word particularly seeks to reach the majority of parents (which statistics tell us are 80% in many schools) who do not take their baptised children to church or read the Bible together. The primary school version of The Wednesday Word is a double-sided A4 leaflet which can be found online weekly.

Children from Class 5 visit other classes in our school to deliver the message of the Gospel from this leaflet. We then encourage our children to share this with families at home, after posting the leaflet on our School Dojo page.

Our School Virtues

When we re-launched our Mission in Spring Term of 2023, we incorporated our virtues into the day-to-day lives of our children, staff and community. Each class has been given a virtue to focus upon, and therefore will produce various pieces of work, including worships, art, reflections and prayers to show their deepening understanding of their Class Virtue. This will ensure that when pupils finish their time with us at St. Ignatius, their Catholic value and virtue understanding is strong and this will help them to live the life that Jesus wanted.

 

 

Prayer Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children at St. Ignatius are given regular opportunities to pray. This happens in the morning, before lunch and before the end of the school day. But as well as this, each class has their own prayer table and prayer area with some well-known prayers and a book for them to write their own prayers inside (or a prayer tree for example). This area reflects the liturgical season where the cloth and artefacts are regularly changed by the children who have ownership of this space.

 

The Mark 10 Mission

Mark 10 Mission Website

Each week we share the Mark 10 Mission in Key Stage Two and Little Liturgies in Key Stage One.

What is The Mark 10 Mission?

The Mark 10 Mission is a project created to share the Gospel with school children and lead them to encounter Jesus in a powerful and personal way. The team at The Mark 10 Mission create 15-minute virtual liturgies to share the Sunday Gospel each week. This gives class teachers a high-quality, ready-to-go liturgy. We know that every time we stop to pray, God is waiting to meet us. The Mission videos engage children in prayer and leads them into deep personal encounter with God.

This sort of prayer changes everything!

Each liturgy contains a Gospel reading, a short reflection, guided prayer time and a worship song.

We also took part in the Mark 10 Fun Day this year which Ks2 children loved taking part in! See our ‘tweet’ above!

 

SANGAM Celebrations with Worship

As detailed above, our school meets together for our SANGAM (celebration) assembly. This assembly begins with a Collective Worship, which is sometimes delivered by a class (see collective worship calendar) or the teacher(s) delivering the assembly. This worship focuses on how we have shown the weekly mission and virtues in our lives. Classes are given the opportunity here to deliver a worship using the Virtues to Live By (see more information below) or for a particular part of the liturgical season – Advent/Lent for instance. Parents and families from our school community are welcomed to this celebration and worship, again ensuring the Word of God can be heard and experienced by all.

 

Virtues to Live By

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Virtues to Live By Website

The “Virtues to Live By” are a resource created by the Diocese of Leeds. They enable us to explore each virtue over a three (to four) week period (two per half-term) with the aim of improving our school community’s virtue literacy and to deepen understanding and appreciation of the essential role the virtues play in the education of the whole person towards human flourishing.

The virtues link directly to our Mission Statement and Vision at St. Ignatius, where we want all children to flourish through faith and learning.

The virtues chosen are common across cultures and faiths, but are sourced from the Christian tradition. They are linked directly to work in the Diocese of Leeds on the virtues and character education (see companion documents here dioceseofleeds.org.uk/education/re-catholic-life/character-education).

 

Class Masses

Every term, each class in Key Stage Two plans and delivers a mass in church. This is done with the support of their class teacher and also the priests at St. Ignatius Church. Parents and families are also welcome to our class masses. We believe at St. Ignatius that we are special to have our church so close to our school and therefore believe in a strong relationship between school and parish.

Dates for 2023/24 class masses are yet to be organised.

 

Mini Vinnies

Our Mini Vinnies write our weekly prayer intentions which are kept in our front entrance and renewed each week. We share these in many of our whole school worship’s throughout the week.

See our Mini Vinnies page for more information.