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Over 2,000 Pupils Attend Leaving Services

Date: 02 July 2018

Leaver's Service Prayer Station2,800 year six children from schools throughout the diocese recently attended special leaving services to mark their achievements and to celebrate their transition to secondary school at Guildford Cathedral.

The services, spread over four days, included practical activities alongside time and space for prayer and reflection.

Activities included a ‘Thank you’ station, where pupils were given a chance to think about those people who made a significant impact on their studies, along with an opportunity to choose some personal highlights through ‘WOW moments’.

Outside the cathedral pupils reflected on moments where things didn’t go as they wanted, completing a visually striking activity of washing clean some stones before placing them on a cross.

Jane Whittington, Schools Officer, who organised the services said:

“It was a fantastic and uplifting series of services with our schools!

"Moving onto secondary school is a big transition, from being the oldest to the youngest in a new environment. It's important to remember the best and to let go of the worst of primary school to help this transition and these services give a great opportunity to do just that.

"I'm looking forward to next year already."

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  1. Lauren Kern, Surrey Hills Primary School. | Jul 19, 2018

    All Year 6's very much enjoyed the service this year- being back in the cathedral added so much to the atmosphere and made it a really special day!

    The activities were of perfect length to keep the children engaged but also allow them to reflect on their time at primary school. It was lovely to spend some time outside for some of the tasks. 

    I commend all of the organisers of the service- you have a tough job and you do it superbly! 

    Thank you all so much. 

    From us all at Surrey Hills. 

  2. Maureen Shahbakhti | Jul 11, 2018

    As always, we at St.Paul's C of E Addlestone, enjoyed the leavers' service at the Cathedral.

    We felt the length of the service was good.

    At the back of the cathedral, we could hardly hear what was being said, however we understand that this problem is a temporary one.  

    Thank you to those who organised the day and all the volunteers who guided us through the stations and activities.

  3. Susan Boagey and Alice Beet from St Martin's Primary C of E School | Jul 02, 2018

    Thank you for organising such a wonderful service - it was extra special to be back in the Cathedral this year, which looked stunning.

    We all thought that the length of the service was spot on and very inclusive.

    All of the activities were really clear and it was nice to have a walk around in between various stations.

    Please pass on our sincere thanks to all of the helpers who made the day such a tremendous occasion for our leavers.

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