On Thursday 7th March 2019, the Philosophy & Theology/Religious Studies Department hosted visitors from Volda University College (Norway) for the second time this academic year. The visit started with a tour of the school hosted by two students and then observing a selection of Philosophy & Theology / Religious Studies lessons.

This was followed by a powerful roundtable discussion between our guests and some Beal students across the school. They spoke about their own worldviews, studying Religious Education and how it affects their lives in school and outside. There was a discussion on the importance of learning about other people’s views and why learning the subject is important in life.

The visitors were then made to ‘experience a lesson’ where Mr Pratchett made them do some activities that our students do in lessons.

This was followed by lunch with the department and some other students. The day ended with Mr Hussain doing a presentation on the department’s ethos and vision of how the subject is delivered.

Please say well done to the following students who were part of the visit. They spoke politely, eloquently and impressed our visitors. They were a credit to the school:

Eloise Badu 7AE, Inaaya Mughal 7HU

Kallam Sandhu 8CE, Junior Tavares 8HL

Sami Vieru 9AA

Ayon Ghosh 10BH, Ami Nair 10LB, Vanessa Ilori 10LE

Anjuma Gazi 11KH

Leanne Mohamed 13DN

These are some of the comments our guests wrote down for feedback:

– “This was very exciting. I learned a lot that I can use in my teaching.”

– “You are passionate about your subject and it shows.”

– “I am really impressed with the students we’ve met and how reflective they are. All in all a very useful and good experience.”

– “Today I experienced an impressive way of teaching RE. I could clearly see all the hard work and heart that goes into it. The students we had the chance to talk with shared their experience which enhanced my views. I am very happy and thankful that I had the opportunity to visit your school.”

– “This visit really inspired me to make my teaching as exciting and inspiring as possible. The students at Beal were really reflective and enthusiastic to learn.”