On Friday 28th September year 7 went on an RS trip to Southwark Cathedral. After a reasonably long and eventful journey, we were greeted at the Cathedral by the Education Team who were eager to ensure we had a great day. The year was split into two groups, the first group went on a tour of the Cathedral and the other group had a Q&A session with the Dean of the Cathedral.
The tour of the Cathedral included the opportunity to baptise a baby (doll), to dress up as the Bishop of Southwark as well as the Bishops of Croydon, Woolwich and Kingston. Further dressing up opportunities came for us to dress up as priests as we looked at seasons in the church and the different colours that are worn at various times of the year.
A stop-off for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury, there were various statues of famous people who have associations with the Cathedral, including Shakespeare as well as a stained- glass window showing a picture from each of his books. We also had the chance to learn about the links Southwark Cathedral have with Zimbabwe and to see a small remnant of a Roman road. The highlight of the tour for many was Doorkins the cat (not named after Dawkins, as first feared, but because she was a stray cat), a firm favourite amongst the pupils and Cathedral staff and visitors alike.
The Q&A session was inspiring, offering pupils an insight into the life of the Dean, the chance to ask questions about the Christian faith, political topics and thoughts about the whale in the Thames. After lunch, and a walk along the Thames, the groups switched before heading home.