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Denby Free CE VA Primary School

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Collective Worship

Denby Free Advent Appeal

TOTAL SO FAR: £47.00


As in previous years, we will be running our 'Reverse Advent Calendar' where we will be talking to the children about Advent being an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have and consider those less fortunate than ourselves as Jesus set us an example to do.

Last year we raised over £500!!! People might say we could never do that again but we think we can!!

If every family donated just £1, we would raise over £100. If every family donated £1 for each week of Advent, we would hit our £500 target! Please do try to give whatever you can afford but most importantly, talk to the children about the importance of supporting families in crisis at Christmas and encourage them to be part of the discussion about how you might contribute and how they might raise some money themselves.

We will update this page regularly so you can check in and see how we are doing.

Some of the children's responses to Collective Worship

At Denby Free, as an Outstanding Church of England School, we hold Collective Worship every day. It is a time when all children and staff, of all religions and none, are invited to come together and learn, pray, reflect or simply enjoy some quiet time in their busy day. Daily worship at Denby Free is led by the Collective Worship Team made up of children from all year groups or a member of staff. It is very interactive with stories, singing, drama and  many children tell us it is one of the favourite parts of their day.


Our Collective Worship has at the heart of it the Christian Values on which our school is founded. They help us to live out the Christian vision of the Diocese of Derby which is 'to offer children and young people life in all its fullness’. Worship is planned on a two year rolling programme to offer children and staff the opportunity to regularly reflect on each topic.

We focus on a different Christian Value theme each half term. Each value is introduced in Collective Worship and links are made with the value across the curriculum. Our children are encourage to demonstrate the values in their school and home life and receive rewards in school when this is evident.


As a Church of England school we have close links with St Mary's Parish Church where worship is held at least once a week. In addition, Reverend Martin Jones is a frequent visitor to school to support both Collective Worship and RE teaching.


The Values we explore and strive to live by are:

  • Respect
  • Creation
  • Hope
  • Thankfulness
  • Service
  • Forgiveness
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Justice and Peace
  • Perseverance
  • Courage

In addition, we have whole school celebrations to mark the Christian festivals of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Epiphany and Remembrance which our whole school communities are invited to attend.

This term's Christian Value is Forgiveness. Please find ideas here to look at this value with your child at home.