Bishop of Gloucester visits Brimscombe School to open spiritual garden
STAFF and pupils at Brimscombe Primary School welcomed the Bishop of Gloucester the Rt Rev Michael Perham to open their long awaited 'spiritual garden' on Friday.
Bishop Michael said the garden was ‘one of the best he had seen’.
The spiritual garden, which is now in use in the schools playground, has been four years in the making with the aim of creating an outdoor area where pupils can ‘reflect and recharge’.
Headteacher Karen Riordan said: “The garden is so beautiful and what is even more special is the fact that the children have had a huge amount of input in the final design including the water feature and the curved bench.
“Schools are by nature busy and noisy environments and this garden offers a place of calm and peace and a place where the children can feel safe.”
The phrase ‘Be still and know that I am God’ which is written on the bench was voted for by the school council out of a list of options given to them by the Rev Peter Francis of the Holy Trinity Church in Brimscombe.
A lottery grant and money raised by the Friends of Brimscombe School paid for the garden which cost £10,000.
During his visit Bishop Michael also met with Key Stage Two pupils for a discussion about religion and the day to day life of a Bishop.