Last week saw a focus on religion and people’s beliefs at Manchester Academy, as the school supported national Inter Faith Week.
Students from across the academy took part in the event, which aims to strengthen inter faith relations at all level, enhance understanding between people of all faiths and non and increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK and the contribution they make to their neighbourhoods and wider society.
During the week, students took part in a series of question and answer sessions, meeting with representatives from a variety of different faiths, including one of the school’s governors and a parent, asking them a range of questions about their beliefs.
Working to a theme of 'What's the point in being good?,' students from Years 7 to 9 were encouraged to take part in random acts of kindness both inside and outside school, reporting back to their form tutors, who recorded their actions on a ‘kindness tree.’ The form in each year group with the most blossomed tree won a prize, with the activity putting smiles on faces across the school.
Welcoming Inter Faith Week, Manchester Academy Principal Andy Griffin said:
“It’s incredibly important, particularly in a community as diverse as ours, that our students have an understanding and appreciation of other faiths and beliefs and Inter Faith Week is an excellent way to support and highlight that.”