At Avanti schools we take part in daily acts of collective worship, which, inclusive to all, will balance the major faith traditions with our distinctive ethos and understanding of spiritual worship. Collective worship involves: singing, story-telling, drama, pupil presentations, talks from members of the community, (e.g. Hindu priest, Christian Priest etc), prayer and silent reflection.
Pupils often comment, that the morning collective worship calms them down and increases their focus and concentration for the day. These times of collective worship gives pupils an opportunity to prepare for the day ahead. Collective worship sessions are often led by elder students in the school, who by their own inspiration lead and encourage younger members of the school.
Collective worship also includes special festival celebrations including, Ramnavami, Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Gaura Purnima & Holi, Ratha Yatra and many others. These celebrations uplift the whole school with their colour, devotion and pleasing mood.
‘Devotional ceremonies are designed to bring our attention to the presence of God within and around us and to infuse us with that spirit. When properly understood and performed, such worship leaves deep, positive impressions within the mind. A well- designed ritual takes the practitioner’s body and mind through a series of steps that are simultaneously aesthetically pleasing and spiritually purifying.’ Radhanath Swami
Children can be withdrawn from these sessions although we strongly encourage everyone to be involved as they are vital learning opportunities to break down barriers between different faiths and belief systems. Please talk with the Headteacher should you wish to discuss this further.