More than 2,500 children attend Leavers' Service

More than 2,500 children from schools across the Diocese attended two Leavers' Services at the Cathedral.

The services are designed to help students reflect and give thanks for their time at primary school and to look forward and celebrate the move to secondary school.

Pupils from 86 primary schools and five secondary schools took part in the services this year, which included readings and music from the choirs of Rimrose Hope and Faith Primary Schools.

The sound of St Margaret’s High School Jazz Band welcomed pupils, parents and dignitaries to the Cathedral and students from Byrchall High School gave a drama presentation for the primary school leavers.

Archbishop Blanch and St Michaels High Schools read in the service and Sir Thomas Boteler students were kept busy organising behind the scenes to ensure the procession went smoothly.

Bishop Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education led the service on Tuesday and Bishop James led the Wednesday service.

All schools once again donated very generously to the chosen charity. The money raised this year will be split between the Star School, Rwanda and Edith’s Home Project, Uganda, to help build new educational facilities for the local children.

The service also celebrated 200 years of the National Society. A competition to design a Diocesan banner was won by two pupils from Sir Thomas Boteler High School. The banner will be taken to Westminster Abbey in October where the boys will process with it at a national service to celebrate the Society’s anniversary.