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Wow, so many religions!

This article was published in June 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

An in-depth look at the world's religions culminated in a festival of Indian art and dance at Edlesborough School.

Festival of Indian art and dance at Edlesborough SchoolThe aim was to foster a greater understanding of religions and religious experiences, and involved the children from Year 6 visiting a synagogue and youngsters from Year 5 taking part in an Islamic workshop.

The workshop, run by Razwan Ul Haq, a gifted teacher of Islamic calligraphy and art, gave pupils a chance to make decorative clay tiles and, later in assembly, give a performance of Islamic music.

Year 4 visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Luton, where they enjoyed a guided tour of the Gurdwara and learnt more about Sikh beliefs while Years 2 and 3 visited the Hindu Temple in Neasden.

Teacher Catherine Hayden said: "Children and adults alike went 'Wow!' when the coach turned off the North Orbital Road and the magnificently-carved, white marble temple stood before them. It is an amazing sight."

Year 1 walked to St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray, and joined in a short service for young children. The reception children had fun being taught how to play the tambourine with Majors Paul and Jacqui Wright and their daughter, members of the Dunstable Salvation Army Corp.

The week ended with every class enthusiastically taking part in Indian dance and drumming.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 27 June 2006