Quaker Week 2017 30 September - 8 October
Year 7s bond at Woodbrooke
Sibford held a number of events to mark national Quaker Week which this year was centred around the theme of ‘In Turbulent Times’. In the Junior School, pupils began
the week with a special Meeting for Worship at the Meeting House in Sibford Gower and ended it with a vertical learning morning where they worked in House groups rather than Year groups, rotating around four special Quaker themed activities including a dance workshop on Peace and Conflict; making a giant willow ‘Q’; team- building; and creating a special ‘Q’ sand sculpture.
In the Senior School students
welcomed Banbury MP Victoria Prentis (pictured below) who spoke on Equality, Justice, Peace, Sustainability, Truth and Simplicity. The Journeyman Theatre Company visited to perform their production of ‘The Bundle’ … a play that follows the life of a Chechen Asylum Seeker and refugee. Afterwards they held a workshop to discuss the issues raised. Charles in Year 11 said: “The Bundle gave me an insight into the emotional and personal difficulties faced with seeking asylum and
displacement.” The week ended with a visit
from Tim Gee, from Quaker Peace and Social Witness, who spoke about Sanctuary Meetings which aim to build a culture of welcome, challenging racism in all its forms and work together to change the laws on destitution, detention and deportation.
As part of their induction to Sibford Senior School, Year 7 pupils and their tutors visited Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Selly Oak, Birmingham. The day started with an opportunity to explore the history of Quakerism through storytelling. Pupils also learned about the Quaker decision making process and experienced what it was like to take part in a Meeting for Worship for Business. There was also the opportunity
to participate in team-building activities, enabling pupils to get to know each other and ‘bond’ as a year group.
Tea-time concerts The Music Department held two tea-time concerts in November to celebrate pupil achievements and demonstrate skills learnt in lessons.
On 17 November, Sarah
Moffatt’s singing students took to the stage, followed, a week later, by the pupils of Greg Prosser and Barney Porter who demonstrated their talents on guitar, bass and ukulele.
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