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Pupils from Lincolnshire take part in schools festival at Lincoln Cathedral

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 02, 2012

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Bell-ringing, group worship and the grandeur of Lincoln Cathedral have been hailed as highlights at the Church Schools Festival.

Hundreds of pupils from faith schools across Lincolnshire descended on the cathedral to take part in the eight-day festival.

The morning of the festival features a range of activities for the pupils, also including stone masonry, candle-rolling and calligraphy.

And then in the afternoon, all the schools on the day join together for group worship, which includes performances and readings from some of the pupils.

Paul Thompson, deputy director of education from the Diocese of Lincoln, told the Echo that the theme of this year's festival was celebration.

He said: "We want this year's festival to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, as the Queen is the head of the church.

"But we also want to celebrate the Olympic Games and everything the athletes have achieved and how their values relate to Christian values.

"And then we also want to celebrate our pupils' achievements as they come to the end of their time at primary school.

"We have more than 100 schools coming along and nearly 3,000 pupils getting together to worship as a family."

Seventeen schools from across the diocese took part in the first day of the festival, on May 29, including Navenby, Saxilby and Reepham Church of England primary schools.

Thomas Croft, 10, from Navenby Primary, said: "It's been great to look around the cathedral and all the different activities. It's been interesting and I'm glad I could be here with everyone from school."

Jade Watson, 11, from Reepham Primary School, added: "I've really enjoyed exploring the cathedral and finding out the history behind it all.

"It's a really fun event and helps to show that religion can be fun."

And her classmate, Joshua Binks, 11, said: "It's been a lot of fun and we've been able to do things that we wouldn't normally be able to do while we're in school."

The first leg of the festival comes to a close on Thursday, May 31 taking a break for the half-term.

It then commences again from June 12 to 14 before coming to a close in its last week on June 19 and 20.

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