Year 8 students’ visit to the Krishna Temple, Jamia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral
Westholme’s Year 8 pupils visited three sacred places: Blackburn Cathedral, The Krishna Temple, Bolton and the Jamia Mosque in Blackburn.
Pupils were able to encounter the people of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim traditions to enhance their year’s studies. Girls were able to ask questions, not only about the buildings but their lifestyles and practices. They learnt that in encountering these faiths, they were able to understand more fully the ways in which their faiths encourage a sense of identity and community. The way the three buildings appealed to the senses can only be experienced by such a visit – the colours, beauty, smells and atmosphere will long be remembered. The highlight for most was the exuberant Stick Dancing from the Navrati festival of the Hindu deity ”˜Shakti’. With a few sore knuckles and gratefulness to our hosts, everyone agreed that this was an enlightening and enthralling experience.