Children’s journey of discovery

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Dozens of children from a Dorset’s Heath Academy Trust have embarked on a mission to find out more about Britain and its values.

Their mission began in 2017 with a visit to Wimborne Minster for a discovery about Christianity and then followed a trip in 2018 to a Mosque to learn more about British Muslims.

Now their latest 2019 venture has seen them visit a Hindu temple in Southampton.

Around 50 children representing the six Heath Academy Trust schools visited the temple as part their learning on democracy, rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty.

As part of this mammoth task the youngsters from each school council are being asked to consider British values and diversity of faith.

During their visit the children observed a 20 minute traditional temple service which included sung prayer and worship.

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

The youngsters then had some free time to explore the temple and look closely at its many colourful, intricate shrines and beautiful paintings.

Their day culminated in the priest giving them a presentation about Hinduism and the religion’s motto ‘doing the right thing’.

CEO of the Heath Academy Trust, Justine Horn, said: “We are very grateful to the Hindu Temple for hosting our children and providing such a fascinating insight into Hinduism.

“Each of our school councils have been enjoying this exciting journey of learning together.

“They are finding out much more about our country – its values, the different faiths we worship, democracy, the rule of law, tolerance and individual liberty.”

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Pupils from all Heath Academy Trust schools visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton.

Heath Academy comprises of six first and primary schools in East Dorset: St Ives Primary School, Three Legged Cross First, Oakhurst First in West Moors, St Mary’s First in West Moors, St James First in Alderholt, and Sixpenny Handley First schools.

 

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