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School Friends Service - Inspire

Invitations to the next School Friends' Service will be with you soon!  Scheduled two days before Armistice Day, the service will be remembering and marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.  We will be connecting with an ambitious nationwide event,  INSPIRE, which is encouraging children across the UK to think how they can be ‘peacemakers’ in their own communities. The aim of INSPIRE is to be a “Call for action to create a movement of change for peace; empowering young people who not only learn from the past but choose to courageously engage with the present so that the future can be different.” It will be a packed service with all schools contributing, as well as songs to sing together, time for reflection and sharing pledges for peace. Resources will be sent to schools who wish a class to participate, before the event, to help with their preparations.  Activities on the day will culminate with schools contributing to a large scale art piece with sculptors Rebecca and Mark Ford, Two Circles, in the North Transept which will stay on display for the Cathedral’s Armistice Day services and until the 15th November. Spaces are limited so do register your school's interest in taking part as soon as possible with Vicky Rowlands or call 01243 812986.

Teacher Twilight

Twilight sessions give teachers CPD opportunities on a wide variety of subject areas which relate to the Cathedral's Learning and Engagement programme.  They are held free of charge twice a year for School Friends in the beautiful surroundings of 4 Canon Lane.  Each session includes refreshments and time to connect with colleagues from other schools as well as members of the Cathedral's Learning and Engagement team.

The latest School Friends' Twilight in June 'Teacher Wellbeing and Mindfulness' was led by Tim Stead. Mindfulness is a meditation based life practice which has been shown to have enormous benefits in helping people to  better manage both physical and mental health issues, but is now increasingly being valued as an aid to managing the very normal stresses and strains of ordinary busy living. It is also being taught to children in schools all over the country and the effects on students are being researched by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre which is part of the Department of Psychology at Oxford University. Tim Stead is an accredited mindfulness teacher and associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. A former Vicar, he now teaches mindfulness on a freelance basis and his book ‘Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality’ was published by SPCK in 2016.  This session gave a background to Mindfulness as well as an opportunity for teachers to try out some mindfulness practices and to reflect on the experience. "I came away feeling relaxed and happy for allowing myself some time to be still in both body and mind" For more information about mindfulness in schools visit

The next teacher twilight will be on Tuesday 9th October for KS3-5 music teachers. To book places please contact Vicky on 01243 812986 or

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