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Year 9 trip to temples

Year 9 trip to temples
Wednesday 6th October 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 9 students visited three temples during a recent humanities trip to Leicester. The group, comprising nearly 40 students, first visited Hindu and Sikh temples near Clarendon Park Road, before finishing with a visit to the Mosque near the railway station.

They had a tour of each temple, removing their shoes to go into the Hindu one and removing shoes and covering their heads in the Sikh tradition. In each they got to see the temple at work, with services being held and the students made to feel very welcome. The remaining members of year 9 will make the same trip later in the year.

Mr Roffe said: 'This is the first time they have been out to temples, the great value is not so much the religion, that is easy to get information about, but it was the sense of respect. There was a lot of respect given towards the students and they gave a lot of respect back; that was the big lesson. The key thing really was the people that they met. The students really did value them and see that their faith was valuable to them. They had to sit quietly and cross-legged for ages and in a sense it was an exercise in learning in the old style where you just had to sit and listen. The students did it well and that was a strong learning experience.'

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