Bishop Luffa School were once again privileged to be able to have a group of Year 8 RE ambassadors participating in the second annual West Sussex SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) RE Youth Voice Conference.
Held at the Bognor campus of the University of Chichester, the conference brought together a diverse range of speakers to lead workshops to debate the theme selected by the Year 9 pupils who led the event;
’In our Modern scientific world is there any place for religion?’
Pupils explored Baha’i, Islamic, Humanist, Jewish, and Quaker views, hearing from experts from Oxford, Southampton and Sussex Universities. Through a joint collaboration between Blue Flag Teaching School Alliance, Chichester Diocese and West Sussex County Council, pupils from Bishop Luffa, The Bourne, Davison High and St Andrews schools worked together through the year to plan the proceedings. They were then joined by Holy Trinity, Steyning Grammar and The Regis School to explore this hotly debated question.
Bella Hamilton (8Otter) praised the event "I liked hearing other people's views in response to this question but I so enjoyed the talks by the different religious speakers."
Ollie Dixon (9Andrewes), one of the student leaders said, "I found the conference very beneficial and a great joy to organise. A great thanks to all the brilliant speakers."
Richard Burrett, Chair of West Sussex SACRE and West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills added, "I was very impressed by the quality and breadth of experience of the wide range of speakers who contributed to the conference, and by the highly engaged and thoughtful way in which the students took part in the discussion groups. I found the event extremely interesting, informative and worthwhile, and would like to congratulate all those involved in contributing to such a successful event."
Mrs Angela Smith, Head of RE