On Monday 27 April Unity College students went to Blackburn to visit the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral as part of an inter-faith trip.
Students were able to explore the features of the mosque and one student had the opportunity to experience the role of the Imam and guide the other students in understanding the positions of prayer.
Later in the day we took part in a trail around Blackburn Cathedral where students were able to find the links between the Cathedral and the Lancashire cotton mills. Students were invited to try on a variety of religious clothing and had the opportunity to address the church from the pulpit.
“I liked both of the visits because I learnt a lot of things about the Cathedral and Mosque” – Kiera.
“I enjoyed trying the robes on in the Cathedral. I learnt how Muslims pray in a mosque and about the Muslim religion” - Beth.
The Headteacher, Mrs Cryer, received the following letter from the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn:
I am writing following the visit of your students to the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral last Monday, just to let you know how superb they were. They were polite, knowledgeable, interested, interesting and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.
With Year 7s its often like pulling teeth as no-one wants to admit to knowing anything about religion in front of their peers. Your students asked really sensible and in depth questions, readily answered questions and many had extremely detailed knowledge to share which was very impressive. Their behaviour was impeccable throughout what was a long day, with not one pupil stepping out of line even once. You should be very proud of them as they were an absolute credit to the school.
I do hope you choose to visit the Cathedral again next year.