Education Update

Year 6 Online Leavers’ Service

Bradford Cathedral online Year 6 Leavers’ Service is now available for schools to use as part of their end of school celebrations with their Year 6 students. Ten Church of England schools in the local area contributed to the online service by providing prayers, artwork or a dramatisation of the Bible reading.

There was also music from the Zephaniah Trust, Bradford Cathedral choristers and Grace Notes.  This year’s theme is “Let Your Light Shine” and our symbol for this year is a lighthouse. Year 6 students were invited to decorate their own lighthouse pictures and to think about how they will “let their light shine” in the world as they grow up. 

Diocesan Online Youth Pilgrimages

Work continues for the diocesan online Youth Pilgrimages, which take place in October. Bradford, Ripon and Wakefield Cathedrals will each offer an online pilgrimage, with a different theme.The theme for Bradford Cathedral’s online youth pilgrimage is “The Gifts You Bring”.

The Bradford Cathedral online youth pilgrimage is designed for children and young people aged from 5-16, divided into appropriate key stages. There will be a range of topics and activities, allowing the young participants to embark on their own pilgrimage of self-reflection and discovery, exploring their own gifts by learning about the gifts of other Christians.

These include some of the inspirational saints in the Cathedral’s beautiful stained glass windows, influential figures connected with the Cathedral’s past, and young people connected with the Cathedral and Bradford today. Launch Date: 18th October

Wellbeing sessions and spiritual wellbeing sessions

From September Bradford Cathedral Education will be offering Wellbeing sessions for schools as an addition to its usual programme of educational visits.

When “normal life” resumes in the months and academic year following the aftermath of the pandemic, children and young people will need opportunities to reflect upon their feelings and experiences of the early days and weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic, the long months of the first lockdown, the sporadic return to school for some before the summer, the return to school for the autumn term with the massive changes and disruption to school “everyday” life, the national lockdown again in early 2021 and the uncertain period we are currently living through.

As well as the collective experience of the global pandemic, they will also all have their own personal and family experiences and worries, which many will have been carrying with them- perhaps unacknowledged and unspoken- for a very long period of time.

Our wellbeing workshops focus on the thoughts and feelings generated by these experiences in the lives of our children and young people, with a physical journey around 4 stations set out in different areas of the Cathedral, dealing with:

Worries and Burdens; Sadness, Loss and Remembrance; Strengths and Thankfulness; Hope and Moving Forward.

At each station there will be a focus for reflection and an activity. The pupils will ideally spend around 20 minutes at each station. The activity will involve them “laying down” or “leaving” something at the station.

Each session will begin with a moment of “space” and physical separation spread out in the nave of the Cathedral before the pupils make their journey in small groups around the stations; it will end with a “coming together” once again in the nave and a final act of sharing involving the whole group

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