Shirebrook students got to grips with Islamic theology and learned out about Hindu wedding traditions when they visited a centre designed to widen their understanding of other cultures.
Around 70 youngsters from Shirebrook Academy spent the day uncovering the secrets of the Hindu and Islam religions as guests of Derby Open Centre, which exists to promote understanding between different communities.
The school, in Common Lane, makes an annual trip to the centre and the Year Seven students, who are aged 11 and 12, spent part of their visit learning about deities at a nearby Hindu temple and also saw inside the Derby Jamia Mosque.
They were then given a talk on Hindu wedding traditions, including the clothing – which some students got to try on for size – the celebrations and the symbolism behind the art of Henna tattooing.
Among the students who attended the day was 12-year-old Finlay Cameron who said he enjoyed learning more about the different deities at the heart of the Hinduism, which is the oldest recognised religion in the world.
He said: “I liked finding out about the different personalities that Hindus worship and about the different stories and where they pray.
“It’s important to learn things like this because when I’m older I’ll will meet different people from different faiths and it will help me to understand them and their beliefs.”
Shirebrook Academy teacher Adam Case said: “This trip is a real eye-opener for both staff and students because it’s a fascinating glimpse into different cultures that they will have very little contact with before.
“Everyone learned loads during the day and they had fun wearing the ornate wedding dresses. They also got henna tattoos and they were very proud of them.”
Shirebrook Academy is based in Common Lane, Shirebrook. It has 840 students and was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted in 2013, with staff and pupils alike praised by inspectors, who also singled out the considerable care the school gives to individual students as one of the Academy’s particular strengths.
In May 2017 Shirebrook Academy joined Aston Community Education Trust (ACET), benefitting from the efficiencies to be gained from high quality centralised services and the challenge and support of ACET’s School Improvement Team.
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