A collective act of worship takes place daily at some point in the school day, this may be as part of a general assembly for the whole school or Key Stage, and it may be a class worship or small group worship. Worship is always of a non-denominational Christian nature and prayer is a key element.
The calendar with details of themes for our Collective Worship can be seen here (click opens as pdf).
At St Michael’s we believe that values education plays a fundamental role in the education of our children. We believe that, if the values education underpins everything we do, then it will not only enhance the quality of teaching and learning, but it will also encourage the children to make a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society. The school has also chosen to adopt seven core values that we actively promote - respect, trust, love, hope, joy, peace and resilience.
These values are permeated through the school life by:
At St Michael’s we also promote the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect & tolerance by teaching these values explicitly and also modeling these values in our practice.
This is an aspect of particular concern to many, especially in the multi-cultural, multi-faith society in which we live. Christianity retains its central place in religious education at St Michael’s. However, the major world faiths are also studied throughout the school. The children are encouraged to consider many aspects of life in the light of Christ's teaching, and to translate theory into practice by taking part in projects to help the needy, both financially and in kind, and at home and abroad.
Children need to cooperate and share, understand that their behaviour affects others, learn to respect and rejoice in the cultural and religious diversity surrounding them, to respond with wonder to the work of nature and develop a positive attitude to life.
Details of the RE Curriculum for the current school year can be accessed here (please click, opens as pdf).
As a school community we want to help others who are less fortunate than us and therefore we regularly raise money for charities. We have been supporting an orphanage and disabled house in Gugulethu Township in South Africa; we always participate in the red box appeal at Christmas time and every year the Pupil Faith Committee plays an active part in raising money to support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal. Please see the school blog for more information about our efforts in helping others.
Various Christian symbols can be seen around our school to remind children, staff and visitors of our heritage, God's presence among us and of his saving power.
A cross or a crucifix is displayed in every classroom to remind us that God sent his Son into the world to take on our sins and die for us so that we might have eternal life with Him.
Candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world, a light that no darkness can put out. The icon of St Michael the Archangel reminds us of our patron and can serve as a focus of prayer. More information about icons and the icon of St Michael can be found here (click for pdf).