Archbishop of York unveils new garden

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THE Church Of England’s second most senior cleric has given his blessing to a new garden at Hartford High School.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, visited the Church of England school to officially open the Garden of Reflection.

Dr Sentamu is a high-ranking cleric in the church, and is second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He is also the officiator of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award, which encourages young people to engage with their community.

Year eight pupils from the school have just completed their third project to achieve the award.

The garden has been designed and developed by pupils, who will also maintain it. Pupils asked for the garden to provide an area of quiet contemplation and reflection during the school day.

A cherry blossom memorial tree is the focal point of the garden, which has four raised beds to represent the four pastoral houses and a living willow archway.

Dr Sentamu walked through the archway to cut a ribbon to officially open the garden before offering his blessing.

“We are honoured to host this visit from the Archbishop,” said head teacher Mike Holland.

“We took the rare step less than two years ago of becoming a Church of England high school, and have made a great deal of progress in developing the less tangible aspects of school life such as Christian ethos and spirituality.”

Assistant head teacher Tim Lee is the co-ordinator of the school’s involvement in the Archbishop of York Award, and described Dr Sentamu’s visit as “a truly amazing day.”

“I feel extremely privileged to have had such a high profile leader of the Church of England visit our school,” he said.

“Our pupils are aware of the role they have to play to be positive citizens and actively seek to complete projects that will support our school, Northwich and wider communities.

“Pupils and staff alike were touched to have this acknowledged by the Archbishop.”

During his visit Dr Sentamu spoke at an assembly of 270 young people, visited classrooms across the campus and spent an hour with The Christian Union.

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11:27am Fri 4 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

What a lovely story.

I enjoyed reading it very much, it lifted my spirit,

Cheers and God bless.
What a lovely story. I enjoyed reading it very much, it lifted my spirit, Cheers and God bless. hectorplain
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12:06pm Fri 4 Jul 14

MrT1976 says...

and you think that is a useful and constructive comment to make??

As someone on here once said.

hectorplain says...
I do wish that people would refrain from posting meaningless comments on this notice board.

Unless you have something worthy or of particular note to impart then you would be better saving you ink


Take your own advice
and you think that is a useful and constructive comment to make?? As someone on here once said. hectorplain says... I do wish that people would refrain from posting meaningless comments on this notice board. Unless you have something worthy or of particular note to impart then you would be better saving you ink Take your own advice MrT1976
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7:16pm Fri 4 Jul 14

onered says...

I was under the impression Hector was the Guardians Editor in Chief, he seems to be taking up a lot of Column Spaces ?
I was under the impression Hector was the Guardians Editor in Chief, he seems to be taking up a lot of Column Spaces ? onered
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1:25pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Chesvin says...

onered wrote:
I was under the impression Hector was the Guardians Editor in Chief, he seems to be taking up a lot of Column Spaces ?
He can't be - imagine the increase in production costs.
[quote][p][bold]onered[/bold] wrote: I was under the impression Hector was the Guardians Editor in Chief, he seems to be taking up a lot of Column Spaces ?[/p][/quote]He can't be - imagine the increase in production costs. Chesvin
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