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Collective Worship

Collective worship (assembly) takes place every day in school and this lies at the heart of life in our school. We meet four times a week as a whole school and have class based worship on Mondays. Reverend Felicity Couch leads Collective Worship each Tuesday. Collective Worship themes are largely Christian in nature and include stories, drama, music, singing, poetry, reflection and prayer. We encourage our pupils to be part of our collective worship through planning, meeting with Revd Felicity, reading and writing prayers and playing music. We follow the pattern of the festivals and seasons of the Christian Year. On Wednesdays we hold choral worship. Singing is an important part of collective worship, and this is a chance to learn new songs, and revisit familiar ones, to reflect together on the way that we praise God in worship, and to understand better the words we are singing. Thursday is a Head teacher led collective worship following the theme of the week, listening to a story from the Bible or considering a particular charity. On Fridays we celebrate what has been achieved in school (such as an announcement of the House Point totals for the week; a chance to celebrate and share the reasons for those children who have been awarded a Head Teacher Award, awarding of certificates for honours each term-sporting for example) and the half termly announcement of our music “Hollands Cup”. The Friday collective worship ends with a prayer led by a member of Year 6. Assemblies also provide opportunities for school news to be shared and discussed. Each school term concludes with a service in the church.

School Prayer

We start each collective worship with a lighting prayer and are currently working closely with our children to write a Petersfield prayer, which reflects our thoughts and values.

Church Links
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Petersfield Church of England (A) School has strong links with St Andrew's Church, Orwell (pictured above), which falls within the Diocese of Ely. We work closely with the church and diocese in a number of ways, including:

  • Collective Worship led by Reverend Felicity Couch
  • Key Stage 2 annual visits to Ely Cathedral
  • End of term services held in the church
  • Assemblies led by GenR8
  • Taking part in special services in the Church calendar, such as Harvest, Christingle and Easter
  • Special events to help us consider our core Christian Values
  • Visits to the church as part of RE and collective worship, for example REActive church.
Petersfield Church of England (A) Primary School Christian Values

We are proud of our school values and these underpin all we do in school. Our pupils demonstrate these values in all areas of school life. We worked together as a school to revise our school Christian values. All the children in school looked at eighteen different values and reflected on the meaning of each value and how they influence our behaviour. This work culminated in a whole school Christian values day. The children worked in buddy groups during the day so that the older children could support the younger ones and each group presented that value through dance, drama, poetry, artwork, etc to the whole school community. At the end of the day each adult and child in school cast three votes for the values that they felt were the most important in the life of our school. The values with the most votes became our new school values.

Love - Christian love is the overarching value in our school. We have an ethos of care and concern that helps us to support one another.

Friendship - we aim to include everyone and be loyal and supportive friends.

Trust - we trust each other and believe in the honesty and reliability of others.

Creativity - we value and celebrate new ideas and ways to express ourselves

Peace - we aim for inner peace; learning how to be calm and contented, coping with anxieties and fears, and also for peace between each other in school; making and keeping friends, sorting out arguments, making compromises, letting go of hostile feelings and learning how to listen to each other.

Latest News

18th Oct - School is now closed for the Half Term holiday, followed by the INSET training day for staff. School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 29th October. Happy Holidays!

18th Oct - The music from the Rock Steady pupils was truely inspirational! It was a fantastic way to end the half term.

18th Oct - We had an amazing Black History Celebration with Hollands' Cup and concert today. The pupils told us about the lives of Stevie Wonder, how Two Tone music started, we heard African drumming, a biography of Sheku Kanneh-Mason and music by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

17th Oct - Thank you to the parents who had their Parents' Evening appointments tonight. We value this dialogue as we plan for next half term and beyond.

17th Oct - A group of year 5 pupils went to Steeple Morden School today to participate in a workshop 'Creating characters for stage and page'. They said: 'It was good to think of our own characters and see how we could use these in our stories'.

17th Oct - As part of their local environment topic, Pine Class went to Wimpole today. 'We looked around the farm and we stroked the horses and ponies. After lunch we went on the adventure playground.'

16th Oct - Some year 6 pupils represented us at the County English Challenge. They won the certificate for knowing the most about David Walliams and Miss Way was proud of how they collaborated. 'They gave us questions about books and punctuation. It was fun because we got to work to together'.

15th Oct - Thanks to all the parents who attended Parents' Evening tonight. It was great to hear about the many successes shared and to continue to work together to support our pupils' next steps in learning.

15th Oct - Well done to the pupils who took part in the football competition today. They said 'The football tournament was great fun. We came 6th out of 12. In one game we won 6-0!'

14th Oct - As part of 'When Cambridgeshire Sings', Pine Class worked with an award winning folk band called the Young 'Uns to create, write and produce a song based on our local area. This will be published here once the editing process is complete!

11th Oct - Yew class held their cake sale today, raising funds for FOPS. Many delicious cakes were made, bought and eaten!

11th Oct - In assembly we discussed mental health, what it means and how we can keep ourselves mentally healthy as well as physically healthy.

11th Oct - Governors met the School Council today and talked to them about safeguarding, their views on the curriculum and what it is like to be a child at our school.

9th Oct - Our Running Track is finished and the children are so keen to run and to have the field back in use again tomorrow!

7th Oct - Thank you to the family members who joined our new EYFS pupils for the second of our family lunch sessions.

7th Oct - The teaching profession needs new recruits so we are delighted to be working with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge again this year. Welcome to our PGCE students!

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SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE: As per County guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances. The decision will be made as soon as possible and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News'.


Is your child due to start school in September 2020? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.


Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.


We apologise for the intermittent, continuing fault on the phone line which we have again reported to the telephone company. Should you need to reach us, please press '6' immediately the phone is answered. Alternatively email the office.


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - written by our Book Club volunteer Ute - is here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


Run Orwell - back on the last Sunday in June 2020! Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone.


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787


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