At Henley, the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life.
Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our mission statement, particularly at this stage of our development, to explore Christian values together to apply to our daily lives.
It is a time where we come together to find out about God’s love for us and celebrate our achievements (and sometimes failures) together. The worship of the school is moving towards promoting the Christian values which permeate the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
We have a weekly pattern for our Collective Worship which is held everyday at 10:15 am:
Monday – Head of School – Based on current Christian value
Tuesday – Music Leader – Singing Practice
Wednesday – Head of School – Based on current Christian value
Thursday – Teaching Staff alongside School Ambassadors – Based on current Christian value
Friday – Senior Leadership Team – Celebration Assembly at 9.05am
As a Church of England school, Collective Worship is Christian in character and based on the Anglican annual calendar. Worship may include singing, a story, prayer or sharing. We follow a theme of values each half-term which is shared in the monthly newsletter.
The annual cycle of the Christian year allows us to commemorate the life and ministry of Christ, to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit which led to the foundation of the early Church, and to recall the ministry of the apostles and martyrs who spread the Christian faith.
The liturgical year provides a structure for the Church’s collective memory, a way of consecrating our human experience of time in the celebration of God’s work – in Christ and in human beings made holy through Christ.
Distinct liturgical colours may appear in connection with different seasons of the liturgical year. The dates of the festivals vary somewhat between the different churches, though the sequence and logic is largely the same.
‘Garden of Reflection’
Our ‘Garden of Reflection’ is for children who may need quiet time or need to sit a reflect. There is also a prayer tree where each child wrote a prayer to adorn it.
Mrs Dhugga presented the school with a beautiful carved wooden sign for our garden. We would like to thank Mrs Dhugga for her wonderful gift.
Sincere thanks to the Paine Family who have donated this beautiful hand-made wooden cross for our ‘Garden of Reflection’. Special appreciation goes to Chris Paine who has done such an incredible job painstakingly engraving it with the words from the Bible:
‘And he took the children in his arms and blessed them’
The Paine family kindly gave us the cross to commemorate the last of their four children passing through our doors next year.
Each class has a designated area called ‘Prayer Corner’. In our Prayer Corners are Bibles, Prayer Books the children have made, our Christian Values, Candles to represent the ‘The Holy Trinity’ and things each class wanted to contribute to.
Our Christian Values for this academic year are:
Courage, Honesty, Respect and Reverence, Forgiveness, Responsibility and Perseverance.
Henley in Arden Food Bank
The Food Bank in Henley has been open since March 2013, where a need in the town was highlighted by project manager and Assistant Head, Elaine Field. The Food Bank operates under Trussell Trust, a nationally recognised Food Bank charity and comes under the umbrella of St Johns Church. Other churches support the Food Bank as the board of trustees is made up of members from all the different churches within the town.
Since opening, the Food Bank has helped over 400 clients, both with food and signposting to agencies that offer further support and advice.
For more details, please visit the Henley Food Bank website at
Or contact The Project Manager, Elaine Field on 01564 792871.
Supporting Local, National and World Charities
At Henley in Arden C of E Primary School we believe in promoting social responsibility and over the years we have raised money for a number of charities, local and national.
Sometimes these are chosen by staff and sometimes by children or parents. Often they are charities that have a particular significance to members of our community. This year we are supporting and have raised…
£150.62 for The Childrens Society
£200.36 for Henley Community First Responders
£1264 for the NSPCC
A huge well done to everyone for all of the contributions to these wonderful charities.