1 December 2020

On Tuesday 24th November 2020, pupils in year 7 enjoyed their first Archbishop Temple Spirituality Day. The day focussed on stewardship and looking after God’s creation. As part of this, pupils in year 7 along with members of staff planted 400 trees in the grounds of the school. November is the perfect time to plant trees, as they are dormant and less likely to get damaged. Pupils planted the trees two metres apart around the perimeter of the school grounds, digging out the soil and ensuring that each tree was planted at the correct depth. They planted a mixture of Rowen, Hawthorn, Wild Cherry, Mountain Ash and Silver Birch.

Pupils also pledged to help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint, decorating pebbles with their pledges, which will eventually form part of a display. They enjoyed tree planting and eco-pledge initiatives as part of the Woodland Trust and 'Plant Britain' Countryfile campaign for the ‘Big Climate Fightback'.

As well as having environmental benefits the day also helped to raise money for one of the international schools, we have links with, Elunyu School in Kenya. We reached our target and raised £165, which will pay for the installation of a new kitchen at the school. As well as fundraising pupils learned more about the other international schools we are supporting; schools in South Africa and Bangladesh and about Elvis, the boy we support in Mexico. Pupils learnt about the location and background to each link school and prepared resources for Zoom cultural exchange meetings.   

Year 7 Spirituality Day is also the official launch of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders Award with year 7. This is a very prestigious award which was initiated by The Archbishop of York. Archbishop Temple is one of the first schools in the country where all pupils either have received the award or are working towards it. 

In Archbishop of York Award lessons, pupils were busy carrying out 'Faith in Action' activities. Following the 'Healthier Lancashire: Cards for Kindness' campaign, pupils wrote Christmas cards and calling cards with messages of hope and joy to local care home residents. Pupils sent messages of support via the Children's Society website, and cards and letters to our new International Link schools in Kenya, Mexico, Bangladesh and South Africa.  

The day was also an opportunity for pupils to choose a piece of scripture, which will be scribed onto a cross for them in the main corridor.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the day; there was a wonderful atmosphere in school. We extend our thanks to all parents/carers who supported us with fundraising.