As part of their R.E. lessons, Red and Aqua groups spent an afternoon visiting local places of worship, the first church being St. Michaels which encompasses Fairmead School within its parish. Pupils were impressed with the impressive Victorian architecture and the vast pipe organ, but mostly the kneeling cushion embossed with the school’s logo. Following the task of completing a worksheet identifying important objects within an Anglican church, pupils had the opportunity to ask Father David any questions which they had about church practices and traditions. Father David commented afterwards of how impressed he was of the pupils openness and inquisitiveness of their experience.
Following the visit to the school’s parish church, pupils had the opportunity to visit a church which has recently completed a stage of modernisation, St. James. Pupils were also given the exciting opportunity to ascend the church bell tower with guidance from the churches resident bell ringers. Pupils and staff alike were impressed with the historical tour of the bell chamber and a guide to the use of the bells. Perhaps most exciting was hearing the bells ring out whilst in the chamber at 3 o’clock. A definite ‘finger in ear’ moment!