At St Peter’s prayer forms part of our daily act of collective worship. We recognise that prayers can only have a religious significance for some, but they have potential to give spiritual insights for all.
Both adults and children lead prayer at our school. We recognise that prayer does not have to be spoken and we often use silence and stillness to reflect upon our thoughts and feelings.
A termly display in the hall provides a focus for prayer and reflection and further opportunity for children’s spiritual development.
There are opportunities for children to write and share their own prayers with their classes, the whole school and in Church with the whole community, for example at Harvest, Easter and Mothering Sunday. In addition, there is a prayer tree in the assembly area where children can share their prayers, reflections or questions.
Prayers are said daily before lunch and at the end of the school day.
‘Hands together, softly so,
Little eyes shut tight,
Father, just before we go,
Hear our prayers tonight.
We are all thy children here,
This is what we pray,
Keep us when the night is here,
And for every day.
Prayer Spaces at St Peter’s
In Spring 2018, Prayer Spaces were introduced at St Peter’s. It is our hope that in the future Prayer Spaces will provide our children with opportunities to explore questions about their lives, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way through prayer in order to develop their own sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. We are looking forward to developing Prayer Spaces together with the BeSpace School Co-co-ordinator and members of the Alvescot Parochial Church Council at St Peter’s Church in the Summer of 2018.
"The impact of these Christian values is shown in the exemplary behaviour of the children and their growing empathy and compassion for others."