Nearly 30 of our students learned more about the Sikh religion at a gifted and talented conference. Sikh Education Officer Mr Harkirat Singh spoke about the religion’s core beliefs and values and also brought along instruments and artefacts. One student, Steven Judge, volunteered to have a turban which took just a minute or two for Mr Singh to tie.
The event, part of the Beliefs, Philosophy and Ethics curriculum, encourages the students to think more deeply about values, morals and spirituality. Mr Singh, who delivers talks in schools, colleges, Gurdwaras and universities across the UK, said: ‘I share my own experiences as a Sikh growing up in this country and give the students the opportunity to develop their thoughts with the ultimate aim of everybody thinking that we need to be more respectful of others as equals and learning to forgive.
‘The core message of Sikhism is that there is one creator that, we believe, is within everybody and all around, so think twice about how you are conducting yourself towards others. Respect people irrespective of what they look like, what colour their skin is, their nationality or their religion. Respect them as equal to you. Learn to forgive because as humans we do make mistakes. Respect people for having different opinions.
‘The children are questioning and going deeper into their own thoughts which is wonderful to see. They are working with each other and respecting each other’s opinions and opening up the discussion.’
Afterwards teacher Ms Coombe said: ‘The students had a very valuable insight into Sikh beliefs, values and culture. Mr Singh gave a very thought-provoking presentation and hopefully the students can celebrate similarities between world religions whilst appreciating and respecting the differences.’