GATEWAY Academy students took part in ‘Inter Faith Week’ recently, with a variety of activities held both within and outside of school. Inter Faith Week, established in 2009 has three main aims:
• To strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels;
• To increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK;
• Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.
Preceding the activities, local vicar from St Mary and Emmanuel Church, Reverend Mike Walton, came in to deliver lessons to some of the GCSE students on the Christian belief of Salvation. Following on from this, 46 students from Years 9 and 10 travelled by coach to the London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre. Students gained a great deal from the visit, including a deeper understanding of the Muslim faith, including the history of the religion and their main beliefs.
During both experiences, which also supported their knowledge for their forthcoming GCSEs, students were commended on their behaviour and the wide range of questions asked.
Mrs Delia Webster, Head of Religious Studies at the Gateway Academy, said “It was a privilege to be involved in Inter Faith Week. The school has a wide range of different faiths and cultures and students gained a greater awareness of the similarities between these two faiths. I look forward to developing the curriculum to include more experiences for students in all year groups.”