Collective Worship

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Psalm 145:18

Collective Worship is a core aspect of our school’s Catholic identity and is a daily, central feature. The importance of spending time in the presence of God is fundamental to our Catholic faith.

Here at St Joseph’s, we ensure that our children have broad and varied opportunities to experience God through prayer and worship.

Whole School Collective Worship

Each Monday, our whole school comes together to share the ‘Virtues to Live By’ statement for the week. This is a wonderful opportunity to start the week in prayer and reflect on how we can live our lives, in the image of God.

On Friday, our school meets together again in celebration of the past week. This assembly incorporates an element of Collective Worship at its beginning, focusing on the ‘Virtues to Live By’ statement. Children receive rewards not only for their academic work, we also recognise those who have lived out the virtues through the week.

Class-Based Collective Worship

Each class is given several opportunities to pray throughout the day and week, with one on these being a longer, more formal Collective Worship, led by the class. Children are taught a range of Catholic prayers to be used in a range of different situations. The children within the class are given the opportunity to plan and lead Collective Worship with the support of the class teachers.

Wednesday Word

Each Wednesday, teachers use the ‘Wednesday Word’ resource as for the collective worship for the day. This can also be used at home, so families can share in prayer together. To access this resource, please visit the Wednesday Word page.

Wednesday Word – St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (

Collective Worship Policy