The Bishop of Guildford has "inspired" pupils at an Oxshott school with a talk about his vocational journey. Bishop Andrew was invited to The Royal Kent CofE Primary School to take part in their ‘Raising Aspirations’ assembly series, which involves members of the community speaking about their education, and the milestones and challenges faced on the way to their chosen career.
150 pupils from Years 2-6 were present to hear Bishop Andrew discuss the qualities needed as a Bishop and the key role of his faith in his journey. He also answered questions from those who were keen to know more and performed bassoon and piano, much to the delight of the pupils and staff.
Following the talk, Bishop Andrew was given the opportunity to tour the school and to take part in a session with the school’s spiritual committee, Ignite which is made up of 12 pupils from across the year groups.
Headteacher, Katie Hancock said: “We had a fantastic visit from Bishop Andrew as he talked to our pupils about his journey to becoming a Bishop. He inspired the children with the idea that the importance of education is that it gives you choices, and for him, he has been able to make the choice of doing what he thinks is the best job in the world for him.
“Besides this inspiring message, the highlight of the morning for the pupils without a doubt was the showcasing of Bishop Andrew's musical talents, including playing the piano backwards!”
Bishop Andrew added: “It was a joy to visit the Royal Kent School to meet the pupils and teachers and to share a bit of my journey to becoming a vicar, then a bishop. The children were brilliant, asking me all kinds of searching questions; and it was especially good to meet the Ignite group, drawn from all the classes, who keep an eye on the assemblies and the Christian ethos of the school.”
The ‘Raising Aspirations’ assembly series has been launched at The Royal Kent School with the belief that children are never too young to see the relevance of their education to what they will go on to do throughout their lives. Indeed, this is reflected in their school motto: ‘Learning for Life’.
Bishop Andrew was the first speaker to take part and the school has chosen their half termly value as ‘service’ based on his visit.