Exploring Places of Worship

On Tuesday 11th February, as part of Donaldson Week, the LIV (Year 7) girls visited nearby places of worship: the Gurdwara in Swindon and St Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Royal Wootton Bassett.

'The Gurdwara was a very interesting experience for us, because we had to cover up our heads with scarfs. Some people who volunteered at the Gurdwara talked to us about Sikhism and read a passage from their holy book (Guru Granth Sahib). They treat this book as if it was a real person, for example, they fan it all day, then put it to bed at night. They also provided some refreshments for us, which were Pakoras, a chocolate and a glass of squash. All the food they served in the Langar was vegetarian because it is made for anyone to eat, so no one will be offended by being given food they can’t eat. Overall, this trip to the Gurdwara was a very interesting and fun experience, and we learnt a lot about the Sikhism culture.'  By Alizeh (LIV) 

'We also went to St Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Wootton Bassett. We were shown around by the Vicar of the church and looked at all the different parts of the church. For example, we saw the Reredos, which are carvings in the wall from the Victorian era, it showed the scene of Jesus’s birth and the three Kings bringing him gifts. We learnt many interesting facts, such as that if you look at St Bartholomew's Church from above it is in the shape of a cross! We enjoyed asking the Vicar lots of interesting questions, though some of them were too complex to be answered in the time we had! The church was so beautiful and it was such a great opportunity to come and visit it. We learnt so much about both Christianity, the church and the importance of churches around England. It was great for us to be able to have this experience and we all enjoyed it very much!' By Sophia (LIV)