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by cosmicpixie
September 18th, 2008, 8:56 am
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi Xman thanks for your views, I agree with all you have said. Some people may view it as over-reacting, but to my mind, the patterns that form the foundation of ones subconscious mind and go on to influence our thinking/reasoning/attitudes on an unconscious level begins from the day we were born. M...
by cosmicpixie
September 17th, 2008, 11:01 am
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi Emma thanks for all that. It's very helpful and much appreciated. Here is what the school prospectus says : " It is also statutory that all pupils on each school day take part in an act of collective worship. This tends to be "wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character". The context is rel...
by cosmicpixie
September 17th, 2008, 8:02 am
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

My mother thinks I am over-reacting to the assembly thing, saying 10 m of exposure to worship isn't going to turn him into a "sheep" like I fear. She is saying I may ostracize him and he will not fully understand why he is not with everyone else. Does anyone think it possible that I could affect cha...
by cosmicpixie
September 16th, 2008, 12:25 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Thankyou Emma, I have just completed a draft letter to the headmistress, outlining my complaints and suggestions. I have requested that any religious/creationist songs and prayers outside of assembly be stopped, pointing out that they are not a faith school and such practice is not a requirement of ...
by cosmicpixie
September 16th, 2008, 10:10 am
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Good morning Alan, they will not refuse my request, but he'll have to miss the entire assembly, not just the worship parts . I don't really want him to miss school notices and general chat, but this is the only option. They have a hymn/song at the beginning of assembly you see then sometimes a praye...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 11:08 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi alan I don't view my frustration as me playing the "victim", I am simply trying to figure out the best course of action. I've only seriously begun to consider it all as of today, after hearing a few things this past week. I'm not dismissing your suggestion - it may turn out to be the only viable ...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

hi alan
yes, I know it's my right. That's not the issue, I've been told he can skip it. you'll have to read through all of my posts to get the full gist, it's not so simple as you assume!
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 9:38 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

well I'll look into that, but realistically, is much likely to change on the basis of ONE parent making a complaint/suggestion....? I doubt it.
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 9:22 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

yes, I find it all rather creepy actually. I've emailed Andrew Dobson for advice as someone suggested I do. I found out today that jake's teachers also lead the class in religious themed song somedays ; Miss Rose smiled as she told me about how the kids loved jigging around to the jazzy song about "...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 7:30 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

thanks, but I'm not sure of you read my last couple of posts....if and until it were possible that the assembly structure was changed, I'm still faced with either taking him out of assembly full stop (and he would be the only pupil of 500 missing it) or letting him stay in it. As a parent, I just do...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 6:32 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi Alan that's a good idea. When I think about saying that out loud (the magic man in the sky bit) it makes me laugh out loud. Saying that to Jake is actually a very succinct way of explaining belief in "god" and makes you realize just how ridiculous the idea of worshipping an invisible being really...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 6:11 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi Maria, what part of it are you thinking might be illegal ? Like I said, they have told me he can sit out the assembly but the fact is if I do that, he'll be the only child not in assembly out of the entire school !! Assembly is structured in a certain way...even if he could be brought in after th...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 5:21 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Well thanks for the replies. I spoke again to his teacher- there are 500 pupils and every single one attends assembly. Not one sits it out, NOT ONE. There's a hymn at the beginning and a prayer at the end... they cannot bring him 5 mins later than everyone else, ie in after the hymn and also then fe...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 1:40 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hi L No, it's not a COE school, nor any other religious school, just a "normal" school. It really makes me mad, religion and worship should be a private affair, not something the government decides to push on kids in any way at all. I'm going to do some more investigating, speak to the head, see exa...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 1:02 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

Re: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

I live in Cardiff, South Wales, UK I realize I have a right to withdraw him from collective worship/RE classes etc, so I wasn't looking for any advice with regards my rights, rather some perspectives/real life stories regarding withdrawing a child from the collective worship part of morning assembly...
by cosmicpixie
September 15th, 2008, 12:12 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc
Replies: 37
Views: 5276

my 5yr old : collective worship, prayers at end of class etc

Hello there, I would not call myself a humanist, but nor am I religious. I do not support the concept of orthodox religion in any shape or form, and despite not knowing all the answers to life myself, I do not wish my son to be taught fiction as fact or subtly indoctrinated into "learning" religion ...