The Year 7 students are using their trip to Coventry cathedral as the starting point for this term’s project on sacred and spiritual spaces. A total of 120 students were given a tour by guides, seeing the old and the new sites and taking part in projects and reflective discussions.
Teacher Ms Coombe said: ‘Our group went outside first and the area that we stood in had been part of the film set for Nativity 1 so it really captured their attention. The children asked very searching questions and gave very good answers. The topic for the day was not just worship, but reconciliation.
'Coventry Cathedral has a special chapel and our guide talked about the work of unity that they are trying to establish. They have got links with Hiroshima, Berlin, Northern Ireland and other places of conflict. It opened the students’ eyes to the fact we still have conflict going on and made them consider what can be done about it?
‘After lunch they considered terms like reconciliation, love, trust and understanding and had to put them in order of importance as Christian concepts. After a discussion we toured the cathedral and students asked questions as they went around. They were also incredibly impressed at the beautiful stained glass windows.
‘I was very proud of our students and whole education team said that we were one of the best schools they had seen. Halfway through there was a litany and the education team invited us to join them. Our children were respectful and well behaved and Steven Judge wrote a brilliant poem. His guide was so impressed that he took a photograph of it and showed it to his colleagues on the team.’
The students will now use information and ideas from the trip to underpin their work this term exploring the concept of spiritual or sacred spaces and making versions of their own.