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St Joseph's Catholic Infant School

We Follow Christ's Footsteps in Love

Whole School Assemblies/Collective Worship

Collective Worship Policy 2019

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Ash Wednesday Service with Father Anthony

Many thanks to Father Anthony for leading the Ash Wednesday Service for the Infant school this year. We also thank Mrs Marini our Chair of Governors who came to help distribute the ashes to the children.

All children received ashes from Nursery to Year Two.

During this Lenten season we pray:

Father, Let us open our hearts to your love. 

We are sorry for our selfishness.

Help us to think less about ourselves,

and more about others today and everyday.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.



Saint Teresa's Assembly 13th February 2020

People of Prayer

This topic is about the prayer life of the Church. We have been studying the Feast of the Epiphany as well as two prayers found in Matthew's Gospel: the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer. In class the children have been considering the people they think are Beatitudes People, including St Teresa of Calcutta. 

Prayer is a wonderful way to respond to learning. Pray the Lord’s Prayer at the end of each day. We have been learning the prayer by heart.

Our father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.


Saint George's Assembly 23rd January 2020

New Year - New Beginnings 


The Year of the Word

During this assembly the children in Saint George introduced the year.

They told us about many events taking place (including the Olympics) as well as the Year of  the Word. 

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have declared 2020 to be a year of special focus on the Bible.

This marks the tenth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, (The Word of the Lord) and the 1600 years since the death of Saint Jerome - who translated the Bible into Latin. The year started on the Feast of Saint Jerome, 30 September 2019, and runs until 31 December 2020.

During this year we are called to explore and celebrate the Word of God through the Scriptures, share the Word with others and respond to the "God who speaks" in the way that we live.

For more information on the year of the word please visit: 


Or download: The God Who Speaks Brochure


Dear God,

Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.

Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.

Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams.


Blessing of the Nativity Scenes

 On Thursday 19th December 2019, all the nativity scenes that had been beautifully constructed by our children were put on display in the Junior School hall. Father Joseph joined us in this wonderful celebration and led us in a collective worship blessing all the nativity scenes that were built. It was a reverent atmosphere in the hall with parents and children admiring the talents of our children. 

Lighting the Advent Wreath


Dressing the Christmas Tree

Today, the Infant children dressed the Christmas tree with all the beautiful decorations the children had made. Each child worked hard making their decoration, and we had so much fun dressing the tree.

Then (with a little Christmas magic and some wishes) the tree was lit! 

After this, Mrs Whelan and the prayer leaders, led the school in collective worship, lighting the first candle of Advent. 

What a wonderful afternoon.

The Christmas Tree

From a tree a manger was made,

On the First Christmas in it He laid.

Also from a tree a cross was made

And on it, for our sins, the price He paid,

I remember each year, as the tree I adorn

His gift giving began, the day He was born.

And as I gently place, each ornament of gold,

In his hands I place my heart, and my life, for him to hold.

Trusting in Him, to take good care of me,

I pray and sing as I decorate the tree.

'I am the Way, the Truth and the Light' He said,

That's why I put lights, on my Christmas Tree.

Saint Angela's Assembly 28th November 2019

Advent to Christmas

This topic focuses on the season of Advent as the time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas.

It includes teaching on the ‘O’ Antiphons and Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

  • The children are going to be considering how belief that Jesus is God, makes celebrating Christmas

·         As you prepare for Christmas, think about what you do. What place does belief that God came to live among us have in your Christmas?

God of life,

Open our eyes Lord,

to the coming of your light.

Help us grow in hope and give us the courage

to hope for your presence in our hearts,

hope for your peace in our world

and hope for your promise in our lives.

We ask this through Christ

whose birth we are waiting for!


Saint Christopher Assembly 10th October 2019

In The Beginning

This topic is the first for the academic year 2019/2020. The topic focuses on the stories of creation as recorded in Genesis, and the Psalms as a form of prayer. 

A Psalm of thanksgiving.

 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.

 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise.Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;his steadfast love endures for ever,and his faithfulness to all generations.

Saint Patrick (Class 2) Assembly 27th June 2019

Helping Hands

This topic follows on from the previous unit and the concept of caritas to explore more fully Church teaching on the cardinal virtues. This unit continues to present Luke’s Gospel as its source by teaching the story of the Good Samaritan as a model for a virtuous life.

Loving God,

you taught us to care for others as the Samaritan did.

We pray for doctors and nurses and other people who care for those who are sick.

Help us to take care of people we see who need our help and care. 

We ask this through Jesus who taught us in his stories.



Saint Bernadette (Class 1) Assembly 13th June 2019

From Easter to Pentecost 

This unit continues learning about Easter by exploring the Season of Easter, the period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Belief in the resurrection is presented as one of the founding beliefs of Christians.  This resource teaches from the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, also written by Luke. It uses Luke’s technique of ‘bridge people’ to explore those who brought Christianity to England.


Loving God,

In loving you we are called to pass on the message of your love to others.

We thank you for all those ‘bridge people’ who have made a road for us to walk. 

May we be like them; setting a path for others to follow.


Saint George (Class 4) Assembly 28th March 2019

From Lent to Easter

Praying the Stations of the Cross is both an action of compassion (love) and appreciation (thanks).

 As an action of compassion it demonstrates love of Christ during his time of suffering – a bit like taking someone to the sickbay or hospital if they are hurt or experiencing some sort of pain (physical or emotional.) It is an act of solidarity, of standing by someone, with compassion, care and a willingness to ‘walk in their shoes’. People who walk the Stations now feel connected to Jesus during his time of pain and suffering. We can also feel this in praying the stations.

 As an action of appreciation walking/praying the stations is an action of thanks. Christians believe that Jesus’ death changed our relationship with God for ever. It was the ultimate gift, one that brought us close to God in new ways. Jesus could have avoided being killed by running away or by denying who he was at his trial, but he did not. If we remember that Jesus was God, the death of God in human form showed us that fidelity to love and to forgiveness is always the best way – even if it costs a great deal.

 During Lent, as we prepare for Easter, praying the Stations of the Cross reminds Catholics of God’s great love for us, shown in the life and death of Jesus; God in human form.


As we begin (continue) this journey with you to Easter, help us to remember to stay close to you in what we do, and what we think, and what we say.

Make us mindful of those around us, particularly those who suffer, and help us to give generously of out time our thoughtfulness and our gifts, this Lent.

We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen

Ash Wednesday Service with Father Anthony 2019

Saint Teresa (Class 3) Assembly 14th February 2019

Being A Sacramental People

 Having learned something of the nature of God we now ask where God is - and find out that God is with us in our world, bidden or not! Being sacramental means that we can know God in our everyday lives – the highs and lows, the joys and fears. There is nowhere that God is not! In this topic we look for God in the world and come to understand that knowing God in our everyday helps us to see how the Sacraments celebrate and express this.

Loving God,

At every moment of our lives you are present to us, God, in gentle compassion,

in strengthening guidance and in and loving forgiveness.

Help us to recognise you around us,

especially in our actions and words so that our being in the world helps heal it of fear and hurt and doubt.

We ask this through Jesus who taught us to love.


Saint John Paul (Class 5) Assembly 24th January 2019

New year, new starts and our resolutions

At the beginning of each year many people reflect upon their life and what they can do to improve it. 

 January tends to be the time when we attempt to turn over a new leaf, making resolutions to make new starts.

 What have you thought you would do this New Year? Have you managed to stick to it?

Dear God,

Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.

Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.

Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams


Christmas 2018 Nursery and Year 1

Saint Angela (Class 6) Assembly 29th November 2018

God of hope, who brought love into this world, be the love that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought peace into this world, be the peace that dwells between us.

God of hope, who brought joy into this world, be the joy that dwells between us.

God of hope, the rock we stand upon, be the centre, the focus of our lives always, and particularly

Saint Christopher (Class 7) Assembly 11th October 2018

God who is bigger than all we can imagine or say. Help us to see you in our world; in the beauty of the natural world, in the traditions of our Church, in the stories of Scripture and in the people around us. May we remember that, created in your image, we are like you and we show others what you are like. We ask this through Jesus who took on human to show us your great love,


Saint Bernadette (Class 1) Assembly 11th May 2018

From Easter to Pentecost

During this topic children have explored the season of Easter as the celebration of the resurrection and coming of the Spirit. The season of Easter begins with Easter Sunday and finishes with Pentecost. The stories of the Season of Easter are our Gold Star stories as they show us that Jesus was not just an ordinary person – he rose from the dead and came to life again!

Without the resurrection the Church would not have begun.

Loving God,

after Jesus died the disciples were sad.

When he came alive again they were excited and happy.

Help us to remember that our lives are precious and to take good care of ourselves.

Help us to tell others about Jesus being alive again.


Saint Theresa (Class 3) Assembly 15th March 2018

Lent to Easter

Lent is the season of 40 days before Easter. In 2018 Lent begins on February 14th with Ash Wednesday and concludes on March 29th, Holy Thursday. The Church then begins the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Lent is about conversion, about changing our lives so that they reflect more completely on that of Christ. The Church has identified three Lenten practises which help us great ready for Easter: fasting (often from food but also from practices which ‘destroy’ rather than ‘create’; almsgiving – giving generously…often to a charity; prayer.

‘Let me see your presence Lord, in my life this Lent’

Saint George (Class 4) Assembly 8th February 2018

Jesus at Prayer

This topic presents pupils with the story of the Exodus and within it, the Passover. As a Jew, Jesus would have celebrated Passover with his family; in preparation for Easter this resource teaches pupils about the story that is the foundation for our own Eucharist. 

Blessed are You,

Lord our God,

ruler of the universe,

who has kept us alive,

sustained us and enabled us to celebrate this joyous occasion.

May we remember all those who live in fear or oppression;

help us to work towards their release and freedom.



Adapted from the Haggadah, the prayer of the Passover meal.   

Saint John Paul (Class 5) Assembly 25th January 2018

New year, new starts and our resolutions

At the beginning of each year many people reflect upon their life and what they can do to improve it. 

 January tends to be the time when we attempt to turn over a new leaf, making resolutions to make new starts.

 What have you thought you would do this New Year? Have you managed to stick to it?

Dear God,

Thank you that each new day is a day full of opportunities.

Thank you that each New Year is full of opportunities and to have a fresh start.

Please help us when we make mistakes and are struggling to achieve our hopes and dreams


Year 1 Nativity December 2017

The big star has to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born - but he just can't shine. How will the shepherds and kings find their way if they cannot follow the star?

Fortunately, all the other stars lead the big star to the stable where he sees Mary, Joseph and the beautiful baby. He realises that Jesus loves all the stars, angels and people of the world and this love gives the big star the strength to shine again.

Saint Rita Class Assembly

From Advent to Christmas

The word “Advent” comes from the word adventus, the name of a pagan feast held to celebrate the ‘coming’ or ‘manifestation’ of a divine being who came to ‘dwell’ in the temple at a certain time each year.

Adventus was the celebration of an anniversary, of the returning of this presence.

After the birth of Jesus thought and the establishment of the church adventus came to be associated with the coming of God in Jesus. At first the time was used to prepare and wait for the second coming of Christ (Catholic Christians believe that one day, God will come again into the world – listen during Mass when we declare this in the Eucharistic prayer) but gradually it became limited to preparing and waiting for the anniversary of the birth of Christ

For the Church now, Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas, often with Advent wreaths, calendars and prayers.

The liturgical colour for Advent, as for Lent, is purple, the colour associated with penance. However, the mood generated by the readings for Advent is one of devout and joyful expectation, not penance.

Hence more recently there has been a move away from the heavy purple of Lent to lighter violet shades for Advent. 

Saint Christopher Class Assembly

Beginning with the Church

During this RE topic we have been learning about Sacraments of Initiation. 

Initiation is common to all humans – we welcome people at every stage of their lives: from birth to death.

This prayer was adapted from one which does not name God as the source of our being….now it uses words, actions and symbols to make clear that this is what we believe!

 God of my life; 

today, tomorrow and always… 

May I...

Seek truth with courage,

Bring healing through your Spirit,

Cultivate respect, patience and kindness,

Meet responsibilities with creativity and perseverance,

Guide me so that I… 

Stop to know your presence,

Make time to speak to you,

Listen to you whispering to me,


Father Anthony visited us to celebrate an Ash Wednesday service with us in the Infant School.