13th February 2020
St Michael's hosted a very special Festival of Lights in February, to showcase a range of faiths and cultures and promote intercultural understanding in modern Britain. We were pleased to invite children from Ellingham, Seahouses, Embleton, Longhoughton, Shilbottle and Swansfield Park Primary Schools. In addition to this we were supported by a group of students from the Duchess's High School, many ex-St Michael's who helped out with the day.
We were treated to 'finding out' sessions led by practitioners representing: Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. Children learned by listening, watching, looking and participating. They completed a knowledge treasure hunt and then had a delicious 'Indian themed' lunch together prepared by St Michael's kitchen.
In the afternoon, the children participated in activities including Bollywood dance, Rangoli art and Indian board games. The feedback from all involved was very positive. It was a great opportunity to come together as a group of schools and for the children to learn about a range of faiths and cultures.
We were very proud to host the event.