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Cathedral helps children remember


November 08

The Cathedral has welcomed schools from across the North West to a series of workshops exploring Remembrance Sunday.

Pupils have been looking at the experience of war through history, but they have also explored the impact of war on today’s soldiers and their families.

The children learned about Noel Chavasse - the most decorated British Military solider, heard first-hand accounts of living through air raids and even visited an Anderson Shelter. They were also shown battlefield artefacts by the Liverpool PALS (associated with the Kings Regiment).

Pupils also had the opportunity to speak to a current soldier, Corporal Mike Davison,  who has spent time in Iraq, ask questions and hear what peace means to him. Pupils could then write their own prayers that will be sent to serving men and women in Afghanistan.

Each day of workshops ended with a promenade performance by Maghull High School, who expressed Wilfred Owen’s poetry through drama and dance in the Cathedral’s Lady Chapel.

Sarah O’Donoghue, Education Officer at Liverpool Cathedral said: “Our workshops are not just a history lesson, but a chance for the children to relate Remembrance Sunday to their own lives. There was also a strong emphasis on peace and empathy, and how the children can seek peace in their relationships with others.”

Pictured: pupils with Corporal Mike Davison. More photographs here. 

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