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2015: A Great Year for School Leavers *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 06 Jul, 2015 03:59 PM

1500 schoolchildren from 66 schools across Wiltshire and Dorset go to Salisbury Cathedral this week for activities and collective worship.

2015: A Great Year for School Leavers *Updated

Activities tables in the aisles at Salisbury Cathedral

Every June, Salisbury Cathedral sets aside a week for those leaving primary schools. Year 6 pupils are invited to join in with themed activities and gather in the main body of the cathedral for an act of collective worship.

Gallery here.
UPDATE: hi-res photos here and here.

Canon Harold Stephens, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, says “This is one of the great high points for the Board of Education each year, when the vast majority of Year 6 primary school leavers from our church schools come to the cathedral on one of five days. We work in close collaboration with the cathedral and the wider diocese – the Bishop is here, for example.

“The children this year are exploring a theme inspired by both the Old Testament passage* but also by the themes of the Magna Carta, where we’re called to act justly, mercifully, and walk humbly with our God.”

Sarah Rickett, Director of Learning and Outreach, says, “We’re really excited to have all these young people with us this week. 1500 of these students from across the diocese will be with us, and they’re here in a great year. It’s a great year for the cathedral, it’s 800 years of Magna Carta and we’re so delighted that these young people are going to be thinking about that during their workshops in the morning and then celebrating what that means to us as a society in the act of worship in the afternoon.

“It’s just tremendously exciting, there’s a real buzz about the building, lots going on, lots of visitors coming to see what we’re doing, all sorts of activity going on – it’s a really great feeling. These young people are our future and hopefully when they go on to their secondary schools they will be taking these values of Magna Carta along with them.”

*The Old Testament passage referred to is Micah 6:8.
‘He has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.’

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