This term, Year 7s have completed their journey on the island. It is an excellent way to introduce Religious Studies at PGHS, as students explore how to establish religious harmony, equality and peace in a multi-faith society.
It was lovely to get to know the students better through a show and tell of their sacred objects. It was a difficult choice of who should appear on the newsletter but the following students stood out from the crowd with their unique objects and fantastic accompanying speeches of how they were sacred. Can you spot each of the student’s object in the pictures?
Maisy M: My beloved amethyst crystal. Every full moon, I cleanse my crystal collection and place them on my window sill so that all the negative energy that has been soaked up by the crystals has gone and they are now full of positive energy. Another reason why this is my sacred object, is because I purchased it whilst I was on holiday with my mum and its very special to me as it is in some way also a souvenir of my holiday. Every day, I hold my crystals and say my positive affirmations to start the day off right. Overall, I love this crystal as it is not just pretty and precious, it is an amazing way to connect to my spiritual side.
Abigail M: My object reminds me that I was born in the NICU. It reminds me of a time when my family and I faced great challenges and came through it all, happy and healthy. It reminds me to remain strong and that life is about growing.
Hibah V: My sacred object is my very first prayer mat. Not only does it symbolise my religion, but it helps me to communicate with my God.
Olivia H: My christening bracelet is special to me because lots of different relatives bought me the charms for it, I don’t wear it often as I’m so scared of losing it.
Lily S: A bracelet from my older sister. The bracelet is gold with 3 birthstones on it. My birthstone, my sister’s birthstone and my niece’s birthstone. It is special to me because it reminds me of my sister because I don’t see her that much.
Zainab M: My sacred object is a religious book that I bought from Saudi Arabia when I went to Mecca to perform a small pilgrimage called ‘Umrah’. It reminds me of all the Islamic holy sites.
A drum-roll please for the most incredible sacred object show and tell that PGHS has seen to date…
Grace S: A bible from the Second World War that saved my Great, Great Grandad’s life. It took the impact of a bullet as it was in the chest pocket of his shirt. Without the Bible, he would have died. This reminds me to always be grateful in life and to always have faith when times are tough.
Hearing all the different stories has helped the students relate to the story of a Sikh man who lost his sacred item, the kirpan. Without the show and tell, students would have found it harder to understand why a short sword could be so important to Bilaval. By taking the time to consider their own sacred objects, they were able to provide thoughtful and empathetic advice.
Religious Studies Teacher