Pupils from St Swithun’s school and Winnall primary school joined forces for Winchester Cathedral’s annual service for Education Sunday last weekend.
Taking the theme ‘Hope for the future,’ with a focus on education in the developing world, students from both schools worked together to celebrate the role that children and young people play in making the world a fairer and better place for all. They also challenged those involved in the delivery of education to reflect on how they can raise awareness of global issues and encourage both compassion and action.
Preparations began two weeks before the service when children from Years 5 & 6 from the two schools attended a cross-curricular day in the cathedral. In mixed groups they took part in workshops for prayers, singing and exploring what life might be like for children living in extreme poverty.
The service itself was opened with a dramatic African drumming sequence by the St Swithun’s school percussion group and an 80 strong children’s choir. Pupils also read prayers and spoke about their pen-friends at St Katherine’s school in Uganda.
The younger children, wearing brightly coloured t-shirts with ‘Hope for the future’ printed on them, shared what they had learnt during their workshops, sang African songs and contributed their prayers.
Sixth form girls working with the Global Student Forum spoke about the work they have been doing throughout the year to raise awareness of maternal mortality and their forthcoming conference in partnership with the University of Winchester. The preacher was Nick Pollard, International Director of both Damaris Trust and Global Student Forum.