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 synagogue, a Buddhist centre and a church, and have been visited by speakers from Atheist Ireland and the Humanist Association. 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 visit a Gurdwara - a Sikh place of worship. The trip is planned for Thursday 24th May. As part of this visit, your child will be provided with a scarf to cover his/her head and will also have an opportunity to taste foods with significance in the Sikh faith. The foods will consist of Karhaa Prashaad (a sweet semolina confectionary) as well as some vegetarian foods. Please ensure that your child is aware of any dietary limitations that they may have, ahead of this visit.
In order for this trip to be safe and successful, we need your help. We need parent volunteers to accompany the group. If you are available to help out between 10.30 and 1.00 next Thursday, please complete the form below.
Thanking you for your continued support.
Claire, Orla and Laura, Junior Infants Teachers
Aoife, Learn Together Coordinator