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Collective Worship, Church and Community

Church and Collective Worship

Our school has a warm, friendly family atmosphere where parents, the church and village community are encouraged to become fully involved in all events and activities. As a Voluntary Aided school, we are very proud of our strong links with St. Mary’s Church.

Throughout the year, we visit St. Mary’s Church for school events including Harvest, Christmas, Nativity, Christingle, Easter and Y6 Leavers’ Service. Our children also participate in a number of church and village events, such as Messy Church, Open the Book, the Christmas Tree Festival, Remembrance Day and the Brighstone Horticultural Show. Classes use the church to support programmes of study for Religious Education and History. We also visit Portsmouth Cathedral each year for the Diocesan Y6 Leavers’ Service. As well as holding special services in the church, we also like to worship and celebrate God’s wonderful world outside in our natural environment!

We also believe in the importance of learning about other religions and for communities to work together. As part of this, we take part in Inter Faith week each year, where we invite people in from different religions to talk about their faith.

Each week, a member of the church community leads a whole school Collective Worship in school. Currently, these are:

Rev Jackie Maw – Team Rector at St. Mary’s Church

Peter Johnson – reader at St. Mary’s Church

Andy Dorning – South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) leader

Olivia Stemmet – South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) gap year student

Jacob Mills – South Wight Area Youth (SWAY) youth worker


The team rector at St Mary’s Church is Rev Jackie Maw.




Contact The Five Churches office:

e-mail: or tel: 07474 987683

or contact

The Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight is Rev Steve Daughtery.

Our Bishop is the Right Rev Dr Jonathan Frost.

Some examples of our activities
Y6 Leavers’ Service and workshops in Portsmouth Cathedral

Each year, our Y6 children take part in workshops and the Leaver’s Service at Portsmouth Cathedral. The workshops this year included a Game Changers activity, making wire angels, a singing workshop and a self-guided tour around the cathedral. Following lunch on the cathedral lawns, we then took part in the service led by Bishop Ian, Reverend Harriet, and the Diocesan Education Team. Brighstone was chosen to lead the congregation in prayer, which was a great honour; Toby, Arya and Max C did us all proud, and Bishop Ian congratulated them on their excellent clear reading. Nico carried his statue, representing the Game Changer statues that all the children made, using Anthony Gormley as inspiration. Charlie and Lucy proudly carried our fabulous new banner (a huge thank you to Liz, Rufus’ gran, who made it!), and Leigh received the candle. We all had a fabulous day.

Bell ringers

We have an active group of bell ringers who participate in an after-school club every week, held at St Mary’s Church. They also ring for many special local and national events, including ringing for the King’s Coronation!
Their talents were recently showcased on BBC South Today. Well done to all the bell ringers!


Collective Worship structure
Each half term, our Collective Worships have a Christian values theme, such as generosity, compassion, truthfulness, trust, thankfulness, justice, service, friendship, forgiveness and more. We also weave in our school values of love, courage and respect.
Monday Whole school CW led by the headteacher
Tuesday Class CW led by each teacher, focusing on the weekly theme
Wednesday Whole school CW led by representatives of the parish church
Thursday Key stage CW led by teachers, focusing on the weekly theme or No Outsiders
Friday Whole school Golden Worship led by the headteacher
Our Collective Worships follow this structure:
Gathering and Welcome
Gather together and make worship a special time of the day. We light a candle and children are invited to join in with the school prayer, which signals the start of worship. We play a relevant song, hymn or piece of music when children come into the hall.
Engaging and Learning
Symbolised by a window, the Learning element is when new possibilities or different perspectives are ‘opened up’ through the use of drama, visual images, poetry or puppetry based on Bible stories or other texts.
Symbolised by a mirror, the reflecting element encourages everyone to consider how the Bible story or other stimulus has resonated with, or challenged, them. Questions are offered as a focus for reflection. Sometimes a guided meditation is suggested or a few moments of silence.
Responding, the final element in the worship, has the symbol of the door and provides an opportunity to consider how God might be challenging those present in the worship to ‘step out’ and play their part in making a difference in the world, either as individuals or as part of the whole school community.
Opportunities are given for children to implement the ideas covered throughout the week.






For further information about Collective Worship in our school, please see our Collective Worship policy that is available on our Policies page of this website.

Collective Worship Guidance 2021

The right of withdrawal
Parents have a legal right to withdraw their child from acts of worship. We ask for this to be discussed with the headteacher, Mrs Lennon, so the exact nature of worship is understood by the parents before this becomes a permanent arrangement. If parents nevertheless require their child to be withdrawn from collective worship, they will be required to advise the school on what alternative spiritual activity they wish their child to engage in during this time. Please be aware that this does not mean that the children will be exempt from the Christian ethos of the setting which underpins our teaching, learning and relationships.

Community and charity

Being a small village school, we develop strong links with the local village and surrounding areas. This enables children to see themselves as part of the local and wider community, and encourages them to reach out and support others. We also take part in charity events, raising awareness of and money for a range of different charities, including:

Mountbatten Hospice, Royal British Legion, Children in Need, IW Radio Toy Appeal, Place2Be, The Isle of Wight Zoo (now renamed The Wildheart Trust), Red Nose Day, World Book Day, Ukraine appeal, Sight for Wight and many more!

Here are some examples:

Cards for the community

During lockdown, we spread joy and happiness throughout the village when every child in the school made a card for members of the local community so they didn’t feel so lonely. We teamed up with Brighstone’s Community Hub Co-ordinator to identify people living alone in the village who would benefit from messages from the children. This gesture was very much appreciated and it was heart-warming to receive many cards and letters in return, explaining how we had touched and brightened many lives. This activity reflected our values of love and respect, as well as our Collective Worship values of generosity and compassion.

Reverse advent calendar

Children at Brighstone CE Aided Primary School donated hundreds of items of fruit and vegetables for the animals at the Isle of Wight Zoo as part of a reverse advent calendar initiative.

Following Reception’s and Key Stage One’s school trip to the zoo at the beginning of November, the whole school were inspired to get involved in the Isle of Wight Zoo’s ‘Veg Pledge’ scheme which helps the zoo to provide quality fresh food to their animals at minimal or no cost. In the three weeks leading up to Christmas the children donated hundreds of items of fruit and vegetables to provide meals for creatures including capuchin monkeys, meercats, porcupines, racoons, lemurs and the zoo’s farm animals. We know how difficult it has been for the zoo this year due to the impact of the pandemic so felt inspired to support their veg pledge, which reflects this term’s Collective Worship values of generosity and compassion.

Marc Fox, Animal Manager at the Isle of Wight Zoo said: “We are so grateful for the support of the local community which is helping us through these unusual times. The generous delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables from the children at Brighstone this December has helped us enormously, and the animals are very thankful for their tasty meals.”


Hearts for Homes

With usual carol singing and care home visits cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we aimed to bring some Christmas cheer to elderly residents in their local community by creating and delivering cards, pictures and letters to residents at Brighstone Grange care home. Pupils from the school would normally visit the home to sing carols each Christmas, but this year residents were able to watch our nativity performance online instead.
Linnet Hutchinson, Vital Coordinator at Brighstone Grange care home, said: “It was lovely to receive the drawings and messages from the children this Christmas; it has given our residents a real boost. They have also thoroughly enjoyed watching the school’s nativity online, with the added bonus that it can be watched again and again! Thank you Brighstone School!”


Red Nose Day 2021

The children are out to save the world! We had a fantastic day finding our inner superheroes as part of the Red Nose Day theme of ‘superpowers’. In return for a donation, children came to school dressed as a superhero, either a well-known character or a made up one.

Throughout the day, the children took part in a range of activities around superpowers, such as the values of collaboration, courage, resilience and kindness, or practical superpowers such as epic dance moves, hilarious hopping or brilliant balancing! We also took part in a whole school ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ dance-a-thon.

In Ainslie class, they held a ‘tell a joke’ challenge, listened to more superhero stories and pretended to be superheroes inside and outside. In Lambert class, they created superhero masks in Art, wrote character descriptions of their superheroes, carried out some superhero balancing challenges around an obstacle course, made some balloon flying superheroes in Science, and explored a range of super skills, including super stamina, super hearing, and super minds. In Robertson class, they held a talent show linked to Kassy’s speech in the book that they are currently reading, explored the reasons behind Red Nose Day and why we need it, took part in trust and team building exercises, and carried out a Comic Relief quiz testing their super minds! As part of their Romans topic, they also made shields and took part in a battle between the Romans and the Iceni tribe. In Macarthur class, they drew superheroes and took part in superhero Maths challenges. In Clover class, they created their own superheroes and their alter egos. They used their pop-art skills to represent them and when describing both characters’ qualities, showed how they can create contrasts within their writing.

We raised over £170!



Seahorse Around Britain – Susannah and Didi on an adventure

Didi (Mrs Nicholson) and her sister-in-law Susannah are sailing around Great Britain in their boat Seahorse. Didi used to be our Chair of Governors, and they are both raising money for South Wight Area Youth (SWAY). Billy Bear is also accompanying them, and we are very excited to be following their adventures! You can find out more information on their blog:

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