2,500 children attend leavers' services

More than 2,500 year 6 pupils took part in the annual services to celebrate their transition from Primary to Secondary school, and also collected vast amounts of food for their local foodbanks.

More than 2,500 year 6 pupils took part in services to celebrate their transition from Primary to Secondary school. The theme was ‘Hands of Friendship,’ with schools also collecting impressive amounts of food for their local foodbanks and being encouraged to think about ways in which they can show friendship to others.

The services were also an opportunity for Bishop James to say farewell to children from across the diocese when he presided at the Monday service. He said, “The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 is immensely important in a young person’s life. These services marvelously celebrate and commemorate this journey showing God’s love for our school leavers, recognising the mix of excitement, nervousness and anticipation they feel at this time.”

Monday’s service featured music from the choir of St Mary and St Thomas school in St Helens. Tuesday’s service was led by Dean of Liverpool Pete Wilcox, and the choir was made up of schools from the Keys Federation – Hindley Green St John, St Peter’s Hindley and Hindley Community School. Wednesday’s service will be led by Bishop Richard Blackburn, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, and the choir from Rainford School in St Helens will provided the music.

A number of schools also took part in transition workshops at the Cathedral, which included drama performances, time for reflection and celebration and an opportunity to speak to current secondary school children about their experiences.

Jon Richardson, Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool said: “Schools really look forward to these services. It is extremely important to give our young people an opportunity to reflect on their life at primary school, and encourage them to look forward with optimism to the new challenges and experiences awaiting them. The fact that they have collected so much for their local foodbanks in the run up to these services also reflects the strong emphasis on good citizenship in all of our schools – spiritual development and social awareness is a vital part of education.”