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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 Wednesdays. 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 Mondays 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. On Thursday 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 Thursday collective worship ends with a prayer led by a member of Year 6. On Friday, collective worship is a teacher led collective worship following the theme of the week, listening to a story from the Bible or considering a particular charity. 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

27th Nov - Well done to everyone for being super Run Orwell Lap-athon participants. Medals are coming home over the next few days. We are very proud of the children for their participation in the sports activity and the fantastic fundraising.

23rd Nov - Following our Historic England Heritage Schools accreditation, staff were delighted to spend a twilight training session exploring the local area history and geography research completed for us. We look forward to sharing the resulting fantastic resources and projects with the children.

23rd Nov - Ready, Steady, Go! Each class will participate in our Run Orwell sponsored Lapathon challenge during a session this week.

19th Nov - Road safety is always important but it is especially important as the nights are darker. Children shared this week's learning today.

18th Nov - Smile! It is photo day today!

18th Nov - Thanks to Rowan class for leading our first ever virtual class assembly. What a triumph! Parent and pupil feedback agrees! Rowan class agree 'I really enjoyed the kennings poem and holding up the words. I enjoyed the square number song. I loved the cardio drumming as it was different.'

13th Nov - We are pleased to have raised £124.65 today, thanks to our non uniform day for Children In Need.

11th Nov - The decorated stones provided a focus for reflection today as we raised £73.50 with our Remembrance collection before our two minutes silence.

9th Nov - The nurses administering the flu vaccination were very impressed with our pupils today. We also had 100 percent attendance and administration of the vaccine for those booked to have it. Well done everyone!

5th Nov - Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for the Headteacher Awards. We are very proud of the children and enjoyed hearing about their great attitude to learning resulting in success.

3rd Nov - Welcome back to Autumn half term 2. We look forward to seeing you all this morning after the half term holiday. Please do read the 'Welcome back' email sent last night for the latest updates.

2nd Nov - Remote Learning planning featured on today's INSET day agenda.

23rd Oct - School is now closed for the autumn half term holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils and parents back to school on Tuesday 3rd November after the INSET day. Happy holidays!

21st Oct - Today we are pleased to feature in the Cambridge Independent Newspaper with photos and an explanation about our positive mental health curriculum.

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Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2021? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Have you tried any of the experiments in the science magazines you can find on the 'Science is Fun' webpage? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to find out more.


Have you visited our 'Reading for Pleasure' page where local published author Ute Maria is adding stories regularly? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to enjoy the stories.


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.


Run Orwell - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


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


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance and school communications particularly regarding illness, isolation and e


As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


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