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Collective Worship

Collective Worship Themes

Each week we have an assembly and our School Worship Leaders decide upon the theme, with Reverend Terry and Mrs Griffiths. They think of things the children are interested and important messages and lessons the children need to know. 

Here you can see information about our assemblies. 

Our Virtual Harvest Festival

Our harvest festival this year was very different, as usually we celebrate together in church. However, we still managed to celebrate together virtually, via Zoom!


As a school, we encourage all our children to be the best they can be and our mission statement underpins all we do each and every day.



Faith is all around us.

We have to have faith in ourselves in order to be the best that we can be.

We are a small school, with big hearts and together we beat as one.

Sowing seeds of knowledge and faith, with nurture and love

We thrive, we grow.


We took part in a gardening competition this year and this inspired our theme for our harvest festival. We looked at how we can grow anything if we work hard, work together and show patience, commitment, resilience and realise we can grow in all we do.


Mrs Cox shared a power-point which showed our peace garden evolve over the last few years, alongside our gardening project and it made us all realise that we can grow as learners and young people, just like plants in our peace garden.


Take a look:

The Great Wistow Veg Off and Peace Garden Story

Thank you all for your kind and generous donations for our harvest festival. We will be donating it all to Selby Foodbank, after it has been isolated for 72 hours. 


Working together to show compassion and care for our community!


Christian Aid and The Good Samaritan


Bolton have been working very hard over the last few weeks and they showed off their RE learning in assembly. We have been looking at Islamic Relief and Christian Aid where we have identified the core beliefs that drive both charities. We then moved on to look at the similarities between Christian Aid and The Good Samaritan and how we can show kindness to our neighbours.

Caring for Creation and all God's Creatures

Fountains class told everyone what they have been learning in RE this term about Islam. They retold some of the stories the Prophet Muhammad told about caring for all creatures, even the tiny ants.  They then told us about how some Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday and prepare for Easter.  They also introduced the Church of England's 40 day Lent challenge.  More information about this can be found on the Worship Leaders' page.

Caring for our world and others.

Fountains class have just shared with everyone what they have learnt over the first three weeks of term.  The focus was caring for our world and others.  They shared how they having been caring for their outside area and especially the pumpkins.  They also told everyone the story told by Jesus about who is our neighbour.  Fountains are such a helpful class that they could explain how they help others too.  

Oceans and Seas

Fountains class told everyone about what they have learnt about sea creatures this term and how we can look after our oceans.  They also read out some of their excellent letters and postcards they have written using the book Dear Greenpeace as a stimulus.  Fountains' have also created their own marvellous sea creatures from plastic waste.

It's a wide watery world!

Fountains class shared their work on the oceans and seas with the whole school.  They performed their own poems about the oceans and sea creatures which included lots of adjectives and similes.  They also shared their favourite song of the moment by the Rend Collective, My lighthouse.

My Lighthouse with lyrics (Rend Collective)


Our Worship Leaders led a wonderful assembly on mothers and how and why we have Mothering Sunday. Facts were shared about when this celebration began and how other countries celebrate or say thanks to their mothers.

We decided we all have special people in our lives, whether it is; a mother, an aunt, a sister, a grandma or a really good friend - but we all thought it is so important to say thank you and show them that we appreciate everything that they do. 

Giving Thanks

This week, we explored an important word in the English language - THANKS.

We talked about what we are thankful for and there were so many things. Reverend Terry led us all in song and we created our own lyrics saying thank you for the following:


Thank you Lord for all our friends.

Thank you Lord for those we love.

Thank you Lord for food to eat.

Thank you Lord for Rievaulx class.

Thank you Lord for Byland class.

Thank you Lord for Fountains class.

Thank you Lord for Selby class.

Thank you Lord for those who teach.

Thank you Lord for Wistow School.


We made a verse out of each of the lines above and then sang the chorus together of Hallelujah Praise the Lord.


Thank You Lord for This Fine Day

It appeared after our discussion that we all have a lot to give thanks for.

Resilience and Growth Mindset

We all learn something new every day and it is up to us how well we learn. Today in assembly we talked about opening our minds to new experiences and things and how, if we do that we can be better learners. We also learnt that believing in ourselves and positive thoughts help us too. 

'Salt In His Shoes' is a book written by Michael Jordan (the famous American) basketball player and is his story about believing in himself and how he as a child used a positive mindset when he found something challenging.

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream [READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK]

The mere mention of Michael Jordan's name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous.

As a school, we all then discussed what Michael went through and how he tackled his problems. 

We all decided he showed:






He showed that with positive thinking, an open mind, hard work and dedication, he achieved his dreams. The message for us all today was that we too can achieve our dreams, we just have to open our minds and believe in ourselves.




Fountains planned and shared a wonderful class collective worship around the theme of Light. They had created some fantastic Chinese lanterns to show the children and parents. As well as the lanterns, the children talked about the importance of Light in the bible and how we see Jesus as the light of the world. 

Everyone enjoyed this song:

"This Little Light Of Mine"