Pupils showed off their creative flair after visiting local places of worship as part of a competition run by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE).
Launched last September, pupils were invited to submit pieces of art inspired by visits to places of worship, including churches, temples, gurdwaras and mosques.
The winners were Bilston Primary School, who won a trip to Conkers Adventure Park; St Michael’s C of E Primary School, who scooped a trip to the Harry Potter studios in London; Khalsa Academy, who will be going to the Tate Modern in London; and Green Park Special School, who won trips to Dudley Zoological Gardens and to go bowling.
Representatives from each school were presented with their prizes at a special ceremony at Wolverhampton Art Gallery by Chair of SACRE Martin Gomberg, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Education Meredith Teasdale and former Cabinet Member for Education, and now Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Claire Darke.
Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Lynne Moran, said: “Wolverhampton is a multi-cultural, multi-faith City, and it is very important that religious education continues to be taught in our schools.
“This was a great chance for pupils to get creative and show off their skills while also learning more about religion and places of worship. They produced some really inspired pieces of work, and the standard of art was extremely high, making it a tough task for the judging committee.”
Religious education must be taught in all schools by law, but it is not part of the national curriculum and it is therefore the responsibility of local councils to ensure there is a Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education in place.
The SACRE represents a balance of all interests in the local community, gives them the opportunity to influence what pupils learn in religious education, and advises the council on how to improve teaching and collective worship for schools in Wolverhampton.