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Students get together to find out more about the seven major religions and beliefs

14 July 2022

Richmond Council's Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) members hosted a 'Faith Direct Day' on Tuesday 12 July 2022 at Turing House School with speakers from the seven major religions and beliefs. The event was attended by five secondary schools, enabling over fifty Key Stage 3 students to join the event. 

The schools received a briefing pack ahead of the event so that the students could come prepared with questions to delve as deeply as possible into each religion and belief. Students had twenty minutes to ask questions and share thoughts with each of the speakers, before returning to their own schools to share their learning with their peers.  

The speakers and represented religions and beliefs were: 

  • Humanism – Jon Fayle 
  • Islam – Rashid Ali Laher 
  • Buddhism – Bhantee Upnanda 
  • Sikhism – Charanjit Ajitsingh and Barinder Sandhu
  • Hinduism – Jitubhai Dave
  • Judaism – Chaim Golker
  • Christianity – Rev Joe Moffatt, Vicar of St Mary with St Alban Church in Teddington, and Rebecca Walker, Chaplain at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College. 

The SACRE sets the syllabus for Religious Education in Richmond upon Thames. It offers a starting point for schools to reflect their pupils’ beliefs and thoughts, as well as encouraging discussion through thought-provoking questions to promote understanding and cohesion of others' points of view. 

The event was attended by Twickenham MP Munira Wilson, who gave an opening speech to start the event, and the Leader of Richmond Council Cllr Gareth Roberts, who closed the day with a reflection of the event. 

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of Richmond Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: 

"Tuesday's event was all about celebrating differences in belief systems and educating each other to become world citizens. Being educated about religion helps us to ask the right questions and embrace diversity. It was great to see such thought-provoking discussion and a better understanding of the different perspectives of religion and belief."

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