RE Peace Walk

On Wednesday afternoon the year 5 classes had a peace workshop with Rev Sheridan James. Sheridan told us about lots of ways to feel peaceful or to try and find peace in our daily lives. We had this peace workshop, so that we could get a better understanding of what peace meant for our RE work.

First Sheridan showed us a PowerPoint with lots of pictures of what she thought was peaceful. Then Sheridan told us about her pilgrimage to Iona, which is an island in Scotland where Christianity first began. She chose to do a pilgrimage to Iona, because it’s popular for its singing and Sheridan loves to sing.

A few years ago Sheridan did a 6 day retreat in st Beuno’s in North Wales which is when you stay silent for a whole 6 days! It made her feel peaceful and relaxed. We talked about how everyone around her were doing it for the same reason so they were respectful and stayed silent as well. This meant it was calm and peace

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In R.E year 5 have been learning about peace so the Rev Sheridan James came to our school to educate us about peace. First Sheridan told us about where she finds peace then she asked us where we find peace, I said my garden. Next she sad that churches can be noisy but they can also be very peaceful.

 

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On the 3/2/17 the Reverend Sheridan from St Catherine’s Church came to our school to give us a peace talk. She told us about her silent pilgrimage for 6 days and how she had to be very quiet and not make any noise. If she made a massive commotion in the area, she would trigger other people’s noises and make a problem. We also went on a silent pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Church that is located at the top of Telegraph Hill Park. We all carried one stone each and on the journey, year 5 stopped two times to say a little chant; “Peace within us peace all around us”. We then carried on our journey. When we arrived, we all put down our stones create a lovely Peace Cairn on the steps of the church.

Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage

 

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Peace means when you’re doing something relaxing and being silent and taking in every -thing that’s around you. You find peace in places that are calm and silent it’s not just about finding peace you can also make peace by calming yourself down, maybe spending a little time alone. A women called Sheridan  came into our school and gave us a talk about peace. She told us lots of new and interesting facts about peace.  Sheridan also told us when she went pilgrimage she had six day of silence. Sheridan challenged us to walk up to Telegraph Hill in silence, which is about 15 minutes away from our school.

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Where do you find Peace in your home?

On Wednesday afternoon, the Rev Sheridan James lead a Peace workshop with the Year 5 children.  It was an excellent afternoon, where the children explored different ways of finding peace in their daily lives, as part of their RE unit of work.

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Sheridan explained: “Peace is a really deep word – with lots of meanings and lots of layers. When we think about the word all the meanings relate to each other and strengthen our understanding of what it means.”

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She also shared her experiences of a pilgrimage to Iona and a 6 day silent retreat to St Beuno’s in North Wales, before kindly singing with the children at the end of their own Peace Pilgrimage.

Sheridan explained: “All the major world religions go on pilgrimage. This is a journey of moral or spiritual significance to somewhere very special and holy. It normally involves walking, a sense of needing to persevere and a sense of being somewhere special and significant.”

The children undertook their own short peace pilgrimage – from Edmund Waller School, to the top of the Telegraph Hill Upper Park. They walked in silence – just taking the time to notice their breathing, the birds, the trees, the sky.

Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage

And they each carried a stone – a Peace Stone. When they arrived the top, they walked silently into St Catherine’s Church grounds and built a Peace Cairn.

Silent Pilgrimage
Silent Pilgrimage

Sheridan explained: “A Cairn is  an intentional, human made pile or stack of rocks. Usually see them up in the mountains – to mark the highest point or a significant waymarker.  It comes from the Scottish Gaelic word càrn.”

Rev Sheridan James explains the practice of the Peace Cairn.
Rev Sheridan James explains the practice of the Peace Cairn.

So, the children built a Peace Cairn, on top of Telegraph Hill, as a waymarker – to show their commitment to PEACE.

Building a Peace Cairn
Building a Peace Cairn
Building a Peace Cairn
Building a Peace Cairn
Building a Peace Cairn
Building a Peace Cairn
Peace Cairn
Peace Cairn

 

We would like to say a huge Thank You to Rev Sheridan James for preparing such an engaging session for the children and sharing her personal experiences of finding Peace.

Look out for the children’s blog posts next week.

Have a peaceful weekend.