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Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Wednesday 27 January

“We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure
in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.”
Gena Turgel MBE (1923-2018), Holocaust survivor
Be the light in the darkness is an affirmation and a call to action for everyone marking HMD. This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of being the light, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.  We can all stand in solidarity, choosing to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways & places – at home, in public & online:

Students at Alsop High School, Liverpool, are sharing a special act of Collective Worship for Holocaust Memorial Day, featuring the testimony of Auschwitz Survivor, Mr Zigi Shipper BEM, as part of the Alsop Hope 2021 programme:


Welcome to our RE blog…

If you teach our agreed syllabus, you’re in the best place!
We offer RE support for East Riding & Hull teachers and there are vitual RE Network meetings throughout 2020-21.  Do keep in touch and please say if you need anything more.

Godly Play Network

Susie Steel, Godly Play trainer, will run a teachers’ update session for Godly Play next term on Zoom.  Details soon.

Ofsted dives deeply into RE – official!

Inspections with RE as a focus have happened locally.  We’re offering to help prepare for your next inspection and a possible Deep Dive, making the most of opportunities afforded by our Agreed Syllabus.  Be in touch if you need support…

Fun RE in the Foundation Stage

Gill Vaisey, Early Years specialist & author of Puddles books, has some new books coming out soon,  Watch this space!


The Sistine Chapel came to Hull

Renaissance master Michelangelo spent four years of his life high up on scaffolding under the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, painting one of the most famous frescoes in the world.  A replica of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel visited Hull Minster in a unique exhibition, allowing a close-up view of Michelangelo’s brushwork.

Why not use the paintings to illustrate the Christian concepts of God and Creation?


The Methodist Modern Art Collection

The exhibition Battered and Berthed offered the opportunity to reflect on Hull’s relationship with the sea.  Works by artists such as Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill, Elisabeth Frink, William Roberts and Patrick Heron, including The Dalit Madonna by Jyoti Sahi, explored the spirituality of Hull’s heritage.  Teacher Susie Steel has written resources linking the paintings to our syllabus units of work; look up the paintings online to show your pupils:

Untitled – Pentecost     Dalit Madonna     The Pool at Bethesda

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Marilyn Cowling (Hull SACRE)                    Sue Holmes (East Riding SACRE)



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