What makes BPS such a special place is the way in which the children show not only respect and tolerance for each other’s cultural traditions and faith practices but also a genuine desire to learn about them. Teaching RE to KS2 classes in this school is a genuine privilege as the classroom offers the perfect setting for children to share their beliefs and experiences and explore the questions they ask one another.
When we join together to celebrate a festival such as Eid, regardless of our faith, we enter into the true spirit of community and understanding. It was therefore wonderful to hold our Eid breakfast which began with the eating of our dates. We then ate melon, grapes, yoghurts and croissants, chatted with our friends and admired the lovely Eid banners and decorations we had made this week. The hall looked beautiful and colourful with boys wearing their special festival or party clothes, including many in the actual Eid clothes they wore with their families this week when they celebrated at home.
I must say a huge thank you to all the staff who helped me organise this event, but most of all I would like to thank the boys themselves – and the girls in pre-school – who behaved so beautifully and graciously and who could teach the world a thing or two about respect and kindness. Eid Mubarak!