Chester Cathedral RE teachiung event 2015

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undefinedThis has been done via a newly-created Canon Chancellor's Award. The award offers primary, secondary and special schools from across the UK an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in the teaching of Christianity through art, drama and music.

In a recent awards ceremony held at Chester Cathedral, three primary schools, one secondary school and one special school claimed top prizes for their creative teaching.

Amongst the winners were: St Mary’s Primary School from Eccleston (near Chester); St Thomas Primary School from Blackburn; Canon Burrows Primary School from Tameside; Dowdales Secondary School from Dalton-in-Furness; and The Russett School from Weaverham.

The winning schools were presented with a certificate by Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair. They also received £100 towards the cost of purchasing Christian resources for their classrooms and were treated to  Cathedral at Height tower tours.

In order to take part in the project, schools were asked to submit their RE lesson planning and provide details on how music, art and drama were used to teach Christianity.

Chester Cathedral’s Canon Chancellor, Jane Brooke, said: “The first year of the Chester Cathedral Canon Chancellor’s Award has been a great success.  I am delighted with the standard of work in RE which encourages young people to engage and think deeply about Christianity in school.

“I’m also pleased that the cathedral can play a small part in recognising the very good practice that is in schools in RE.”

The awards have been funded by St. Christopher’s Educational Trust.

Pictured above – award winners St. Thomas’ Primary School, Blackburn with senior clergy from our diocese - (Left to Right): Bishop Keith Sinclair with Muhammad Hajat, Frances Clements, Alisha Mulla, Jack Tindall, Umaimah Jalgonkar and the Canon Chancellor of Chester Cathedral, Jane Brooke