Children from both schools were captivated by a guided tour of the Abbey by Father Philip, including a performance on the organ! The children then walked back to school to start their day of fun-filled activities.
When the pupils got back to school, they were taken into the hall where they were taught to sew by the headteacher of Al-Ameen. Their task was to create half of a 'interfaith patchwork flag' using Christian symbols which they had learned in the morning and saw in the abbey; as part of our next link day, we are going to make the next half of the flag using Muslim symbols. The children were then given chance to sew (and catch up) for an hour before having lunch with one another.
During lunchtime, Al-Ameen pupils enjoyed being shown around the school by the very welcoming Nethersole pupils. This included a tour of the school and time spent playing with all pupils in KS2 on the playground.
After lunch, children were told what their secret activity was: an Easter egg hunt! They had to search every inch of the school's expansive grounds to find clues which pointed the winning team to the correct location of the chocolate Easter eggs. As the classes were happy to learn, they didn't quite escape Maths, as all of the clues were maths questions, the sum of which led them to the correct place on the co-ordinates map.
To end the day, pupils came inside to learn more about Easter and share their favourite parts of the day with their new friends, staff and visitors: Andrea from 3FF -the charity which makes the links and trains the link teachers- and a Ian from Saint Peter's Saltley Trust, the organisation which funds the links.
If you'd like to learn more about the day, the following link will take you to an article written about it by Ian Jones, the aforementioned visitor from Saint Peter's Saltley Trust:
Inter-faith Link Day
The Nethersole C of E Academy were the first school outside of London to work with 3 Faiths Forum, a charity dedicated to: helping different faith learn more about each other; giving different religions a safe place to meet and talk and promoting open discussion about the role faith plays in our lives.
Our school was linked with Al-Ameen Primary School, an independent Muslim faith school in Birmingham. We made our first pupil to pupil link in November and it went so well we have planned to meet again another two times this academic year. During our next link days, Al-Ameen Primary pupils will get to see our school and we will get to visit their school.
Please take some time to look at some of the photographs below which track our first link day!