Our project for the year was about creating some lessons that Students can deliver themselves in local primary schools about religion. For this project we have started by spending time with ten different faith leaders, improving our knowledge and understanding about differnt faiths. Students went on to create lessons that then trailed and then led in local Newham primary schools. Some students attended the national RE advisors conference and led a workshop there around what they had done and learnt from this experience.
Click below for our final pictures and words that we created from this project in March 2014
At present we are working on a photography project, as the students are seeking to take photographs that present religion in a positive light. To do this we are visiting different places of worship around Newham as well as London, along with working in partnership with the British Museum.
Student RE Matters has been awarded a national grant from Westhill to continue to work on it's 'Does the media stereotype religion?' project. It will be filming the 'dragon den' pitches in October, and hopoefully putting together a DVD of resoruces around this topic for schools in Newham to use.
Student RE Matters has been awarded a national grant from 'Near Neighbours' to work with a media team to investigate and make a DVD around the question does the media sterotype religion? We met at Stratford Circus on 19th January 2012 to formally start this project work, present were 65 students from eight Newham secondary schools. Here are some pictures from our afternoon together:
The Student's elected their new executive group for 2012. They are pictured below with Ruth Gledhill, the religious affairs correspondant from 'The Times' newspaper, who came to talk about journalism.
The group then met again for a whole day confernce in March 2012 at Stratford Circus and had the opportunity to meet with and discuss the issue of how religion is presented in the media with 10 local faith leaders (Sikh, Muslim - Sunni & Shi'ite, Jewish, Chriustian, Pagan, Hindu, Sikh and Humanist). The studetns then went on to create 'Dragon Den' type pitches around their idea to overcome stereotypes portrayed in the media. The winning two pitches we hope will be made into real programmes.
During 2010-11 the students have been working with Middlesex University on a research project entitles 'Youth on Religion'. The students have helped the researchers to examine how religious identity and a sense of belonging is developed in young people.
The National Association of SACRE's funded the students to produce some artwork around these ideas, working with a local Newham based artist. Below are some of the display boxes the students produced over the course of months working in groups to show how they feel they belong to their faith and how their faith belongs to them.
Stratford school St Bonaventure school
Kingsford school Rokeby school
Plashet school St Angela's school