The Religious Studies department has managed to avoid the worst of the weather on our two trips this term; Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies went to places of worship in Leicester on Thursday 14th June, and Year 7 went to Dorchester Abbey on Friday 29th July.
The GCSE trip began at the Shree Sanatan Mandir where we were warmly welcomed and allowed to visit the temple and have a question and answer session. We then had lunch at Leicester Cathedral where we were lucky enough to have time with the Reverend Canon David Monteith Canon Chancellor and Acting Archdeacon of Leicester, who agreed to be grilled on Christian reponses to ethical issues. We also enjoyed hearing about the recent Jubilee visit by the Queen and had a detailed visit to the cathedral itself.
The Year 7 trip was great fun as we learnt about St Birinus and the contemporary activity of Dorchester Abbey. With the roses in full bloom and the sun streaming through the stained glass it was a beautiful place to consider the role of sign and symbolism in Christianity, explore the idea of pilgrimage and have a go at brass rubbing. We were grateful for the time and efforts of Margaret Craig, the education officer, and for the time of the Rector, Revd Sue Booys and the Bishop of Dorchester himself, the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher OBE, who held a question and answer session with us before lunch.
Both our trips helped to bring alive the ideas and concepts we have covered in class, and we appreciate the welcome given us from the communities who worship in these wonderful places.