Coming together to celebrate and reflect is at the heart of the daily rhythm of our school. Our rich musical tradition sets exceptionally high standards; we are continually amazed by how the children respond to this challenge. As a result, worship in Horfield is rooted in the musical tradition of the Church, both ancient and modern. We have a dynamic and deep partnership with Horfield Parish Church; the Clergy lead weekly assemblies and are respected and familiar figures in the school.
In addition, we welcome visitors who bring their own experiences of other Christian traditions and world faiths into school. Our Prayer Space is a partnership with Ebenezer and other local churches. We celebrate important cultural markers such as Black History Month and Earth Day. We aim for children to leave Horfield with a deep appreciation of all faiths and the positive roles they have in the world.
This year we have been working with children in Key Stage 2 to develop them to lead assemblies themselves. We have been inundated with volunteers who choose one of the weekly themes and present to the whole school! We have been very impressed by their deep thinking and reflection. The children have loved seeing new faces at the front of the hall!
Here are Izzy and Zoe, who led a fantastic assembly about Hope this week.
Prayer Space at Horfield School
What is Prayer Space?
Did you know that Horfield School has a dedicated Prayer Space? We are really proud to offer a dedicated space for children to reflect and pray. The Prayer Space is on the second floor of the school, close to the Year 4 classrooms. It is open to children of all faiths and none as a place to spend time thinking or responding to questions.
In 2016 the School Association generously offered £500 to make Prayer Space an even more vibrant and attractive room for all children. A parent, working with children from our Collective Worship Council, used her incredible artistic skills to make it a place that feels calm and inspiring.
We are delighted that Mel Currer, mother of Barney and Poppy, is continuing to help us with Prayer Space. Mel is opening the space over a Monday lunchtime with some inspiring craft activities linked to our ‘big question’ of the week. Here is an example of one of her popular sessions!