2,800 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."