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Year 8 students welcomed guests from various religions to discuss the challenges of remaining true to their beliefs in modern Britain at a special multi-faith event held at the school on Wednesday 16 March.

Bharti Taylor, CEO of the Hindu Form of Europe, held a seminar with Year 8 students explaining the beliefs and history of Hinduism. To help them understand the concept of non-attachment in Hinduism the folk art of Rangoli was demonstrated, before the students were able to create their own designs using colourful powders.

Razwan Ul-haq a Muslim and former head teacher took a workshop introducing Islamic beliefs and practices and art. Students had the opportunity to exam Islamic Calligraphy and then have a go themselves. Razwan had made his ink from burn Walnut shells and soon students mastered some of the basics of the art form.

Other guests included Five Valleys Fellowship pastor Steve Woodcock and Jan Thomas of the Stroud Quakers meeting house. Each guest ran individual sessions focusing on their faith with groups of students in the morning, before enjoying a traditional Sikh Langar meal. Students sat on the floor facing each other to tuck into their vegetarian curry, to help them understand the belief of equality in the Sikh religion. 

After lunch each of the guests were invited to take an assembly with different year groups which involved presentations and question and answers. During period 5 the guests were challenged with philosophical and ethics questions from Sixth Form and GCSE students.

 
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