School’s new prayer garden opened and blessed

Youngsters having fun at the mosaic workshop

Youngsters having fun at the mosaic workshop

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Barkston Ash Catholic Primary celebrated the official opening and blessing of their new prayer garden.

The prayer garden was opened by Parish Priest Father Michael McCarthy and The Rev Martin Otter.

Volunteer day

Volunteer day

Guests from the local community, staff and the school student council attended the ceremony.

The prayer garden was designed by class teacher Lizzie Bracewell, based on ideas and designs by the children and was created during a volunteer weekend by staff, parents and members of the local community.

They transformed a disused area into a beautiful prayer garden with a water feature, cross, statue of Mary and

various plants.

Rev Otter unveils the plaque

Rev Otter unveils the plaque

The children then took part in a mosaic workshop with local company Discover and Create to create a beautiful mosaic of their school emblem and mission: “With God’s guidance we grow and learn.”

Each child and member of staff added their own individual piece to the design.

Headteacher Christopher Power said: “The prayer garden is a wonderful addition to our school.

“It adds to the opportunities for the children’s spiritual development, an essential part of the work we carry out at Barkston Ash.

Mosaic workshop

Mosaic workshop

“The children have regular group prayer sessions in the prayer garden as well as the opportunity to visit the

prayer garden and pray spontaneously.

“The garden is also open to members of our parish and local community as a place they can visit to pray and reflect.”

Members of the school council and local community look on as the prayer garden is opened

Members of the school council and local community look on as the prayer garden is opened

Headteacher Chris Power and class teacher Lizzie Bracewell placing Mary on her plinth

Headteacher Chris Power and class teacher Lizzie Bracewell placing Mary on her plinth

Father McCarthy opens the prayer garden

Father McCarthy opens the prayer garden

A prayer garden circle time prayer special

A prayer garden circle time prayer special