We are pleased to announce the beginning of a programme of educational experiences designed to increase our children’s understanding of, and appreciation for, a variety of belief systems. It is our hope that, during their time at Citywest ETNS, each child will have the opportunity to meet with a religious leader and/or visit the place of worship of each of the main world religions, as well as some non-theistic belief systems.
So far this year, different classes in our school have had visits to a mosque and a synagogue, and have been visited by speakers from Atheist Ireland and the Hindu faith. These visits provide a real-life context for the learning that is already taking place at school. Learning about the beliefs and customs of various world religions encourages understanding and mutual respect of diversity in all aspects of life. There is no faith formation element to any of these visits. The focus is on information about the faith.
This year, Junior Infants will have an opportunity to learn more about Christianity on a visit to St. Mary’s church in Saggart. The trip is planned for Thursday 12th May. At the church, the children will learn a little about the main tenets of the Christian faith. They will have an opportunity to see some items of significance to Christians, as well as speaking with a leader of the community to ask her some questions.
In order for this trip to be safe and successful, we need your help. We need a number of parent volunteers to accompany the group. If you are available to help out on the day, please complete the form below.
Thanking you for your continued support.
Ross, Claire and Ailish, Class Teachers
Aoife, Learn Together Coordinator