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Mar 17

orison at pilgrim’s way school, farnham

Posted by Rach Warwick in resources, primary

We've just finished 2.5 days at Pilgrim's Way Primary School in Farnham - 8 great sessions with every year group from year 6 down to two nursery classes, with busy, chaotic lunchtime sessions in between. Lots of fun, plenty of opportunity for children to experience prayer in their own school context.

Apr 11

feedback from orison at pilgrim’s way school

Posted by Rach Warwick in thank you, primary, feedback

We spent a few days at Pilgrim's Way Primary School in Farnham in March. Here are some of the letters and pictures the pupils sent us afterwards.

Apr 22

orison at knaresborough st john primary school

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

This week we're working with a team from the York Schools & Youth Trust, running a prayer space in Knaresborough St John Primary School for 2 days. Today was day 1 and we met 3 classes of year 3/4 pupils and 1 year 5 class before the biggest surprise of the day, when 2 year 6 classes turned up at once!

Jul 01

Potters Gate, Farnham

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

This week, Orison is back at Potters Gate Primary School in Farnham.

Mar 23

Burley St Matthias CE Primary School, Leeds

Posted by Rach Warwick in questions for god, primary

Orison at Burley St Matthias CE Primary in Leeds took place in the infant school hall, which was transformed into a prayer space with zones looking at sorry and forgiveness, the world, reflective prayer and thinking and questions for God. The whole school visited the space which was hosted by an Orison team made up of volunteers from the local church.

The pupils had some great questions for God...

May 20

Rowledge CE Primary School

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

The pupils at Rowledge are getting to know Orison well as this was their third visit. One girl wrote a simple prayer for her family on a post it note. We won't share the photo because she put her name on it but she asked;

"Dear God, please stop my brother from calling me and my friend names, thank you" and then on the corner of the note she added this:

May 26

Whykebeck Primary School, Leeds

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

Back in Leeds, this time at Whykebeck Primary School. The pupils loved the resources set up in the spare classroom and took time to explore and investigate what it was all about.

Nov 16

Malmesbury Primary School, East London

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

Here are a few of the prayers, questions and feedback responses written by pupils at Malmesbury Primary School in London.

Feb 27

St James CEP, Blackburn

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary, feedback

In February, St James CEP School in Blackburn took two weeks to focus on prayer. As well as exploring different aspects of prayer in their classrooms and assemblies, they also invited Orison to spend a few days at the school. Over three days all the classes in the school visited the prayer space in the infant hall. Here's what some of the staff, parents and team thought:

Mar 28

New resources written by year 6 at Potters Gate CE Primary, Farnham

Posted by Rach Warwick in resources, primary, outdoor

Orison returned to Potters Gate Primary School in Farnham for the fourth time, and the second time outside on the field. Set up day was generously sunny but sadly the weather didn't hold. The pupils weren't put off by the rain and enjoyed the resources in the tents anyway. This time we tried two new resources that were written by some children from year 6.


May 03

Report from St James CEP, Blackburn

Posted by Rach Warwick in primary

We've already shared some feedback from our week at St James CEP in Blackburn but Mumtaj Jolly, RE Co-ordinator sent us this report recently:


A school boasting a population of four hundred pupils, all from a faith background has no trouble engaging children in the discipline of prayer.
In a Church of England school, life is punctuated with regular opportunities for collective prayer: to signal the end of Worship, the start of lunch or to mark the relieved sigh at the end of the day.

Driven by a desire to inspire heartfelt communication with God, ‘The Prayer Project’ was planned as a whole school two week focus on prayer and spirituality. Its main aim was to highlight the enormous value of the often rushed yet incredibly precious moments of school, when life stands still for a few minutes of quiet reflection and prayer.

In the classroomOrison was booked to provide a ‘workshop’ the children would visit as part of their learning.
This would be a part of a wider exploration and celebration of prayer, which incorporated:
• Taking part in multi-sensory prayer activities.
• Writing prayers for Collective Worship.
• Creating a class prayer book
• Exploring prayer in different religions.
• Creating spiritual areas in the classroom/displays promoting prayer and spirituality.
• Helping to develop a school prayer/ resources for Collective Worship.

Orison arrived on a dull wet February morning in the shape of a transit van driven by Rachel Warwick (Director of Orison). Within the space of two hours, under Rachel’s expert instruction, I worked alongside a team of volunteers from the Church to help set up the prayer spaces. The key stage one hall was transformed into an unrecognisable Aladdin’s cavern filled with cosy cleverly lit tents, sectioning off intimate prayer spaces. You could no longer walk through the hall, you had to slow down and stare; it inspired awe and wonder.

The Orison experienceIn the workshop Rachel introduced ‘Prayer’ then children engaged in creative exploration.
• A video about difficult lives in India struck a chord with many children and they prayed for help.
• Children wrote their names on large hands to remind themselves that God knows who they are.
• The bubble tube and plasma ball had everyone captivated and created a beautifully calming opportunity for children to add their own voices to the fast growing conversations with God.
• The floor became sacred as all carefully stepped around paper taped to the floor on which children could write their own questions to ask God.
• A world map allowed children to think of others in need and feel empowered.
• The sorry zone gave children a chance to start again by ‘letting go’ of the bad and got them thinking of forgiveness.
• The session ended with Rachel or a Church volunteer sharing a ‘prayer story’.

There’s no stopping us now!
Children enjoyed creating Graffiti prayers, being involved in Prayer walks, making Paper chain prayers/prayer flags and writing ‘Letters to God’.
Fridge magnet prayers, creating art inspired by the themes involved in prayer, creating prayer beads, prayer books and more importantly an awareness of the importance of prayer was a joy.

What did we learn?Orison created more than just prayer spaces in the school. It brought with it an air of excitement which spread like wildfire. The children were enthused, visitors were awed.

Busy parents rushed in for a quick look and were mesmerised by how spiritually aware their children can be, when given the opportunity.

It was exhilarating to witness an entire school community excited about ‘talking to God’. Orison, in our experience was a God-send. As a school we feel blessed that we managed, even for a short time, to capture something so indefinably powerful. Orison was a crucial part of an experience that allowed us to truly feel God’s presence amongst us.

Mumtaj Jolly (RE Co-ordinator)
St. James’ CEP Blackburn

Sep 07

‘Fairy Lights and Sand Trays: Tools for Spirituality?’

Posted by Becky in secondary, resources, primary, conferences

What have fairy lights and sand trays got to do with spirituality?