Primary school pupils on fact finding visit in Belfast Cathedral

A large group of more than 80 primary six pupils from three Belfast schools were in Belfast Cathedral on a fact finding visit on January 20.

The children were from Cranmore Integrated Primary, St John the Baptist Primary and Taughmonagh Primary.

They are part of an ongoing cross-community project co-ordinated by Cranmore Integrated School, and supported by the Integrated Education Fund Trust Programme.

Primary school pupils on fact finding visit in Belfast CathedralThe combined P6 group has already visited the Belfast Islamic Centre, Bethany Church in Finaghy, and Clonard Monastery. Primary Five pupils have also been involved in the project, visiting religious centres including the Jewish Synagogue and Lowe Memorial Presbyterian in Finaghy.

Mr Andrew Duggan, a teacher at Cranmore Integrated, said: “We are an integrated school and wanted to give the children experience of different places of worship. We invited the other schools to take part. After the visits there are always a lot of discussions and we all go back to school together to talk and do activities.

“We talk about what is similar about the different places of worship and what is different. Everybody worships in a different way and this difference has to be respected.”

The pupils were guided around St Anne’s by four volunteer stewards who were also able to answer the many questions posed by the young visitors.