At St Blasius Church of England Primary Academy we:
Develop personal spirituality within the academy community including individual and collective prayer.
Provide a peaceful environment enabling stillness, reflection and prayer.
Provide opportunities for pupils to reflect, contemplate on their own thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
The academy week is directed by an ‘opening reflection’ led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team following a theme connected to our core Christian values. Each time the school meets, a candle lighting prayer is used.
All classes have access to prayer books and Bibles, as well as a class set of Bibles in the library. A board is displayed inside the hall, highlighting the focus and theme of Collective Acts of Worship, music and prayer.
Our weekly newsletter outlines the theme connected to our core Christian values along with the prayer and thought for the week.
The Centrality of Prayer
During Collective Worship there will be a time for response and reflection, to ponder on a question, statement or thought. This may also be reflected in a prayer, read out or recited, which is then displayed and used in class and academy reflective areas so that:
Children understand the nature and purpose of prayer.
Children understand the part prayer may play in their life and the life of the worshiping community.
Prayer contributes to the spiritual development of the whole school community.
There are appropriate opportunities for prayer and other worship activities, including reflection, outside collective worship. Each class has a ‘reflective area’ to engage and prompt individual learners, as well as designated special spaces in corridor areas.
Our class reflective areas
Some prayers written by our pupils