8 March 2010
As part of their preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, our Year 6 Classes visited St Chad's Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham.
The pupils were given a guided tour of the magnificent Gothic Cathedral which was designed by renowned architect Pugin. Our Year 6 pupils immediately recognised the name Pugin who as well as being known for designing part of the Houses of Parliament, also designed Alton Castle, the Catholic Retreat Centre in Staffordshire where the children spent an exciting fun-filled three days in December.
During their visit to St Chad's, they also learned about the 'miracle' of the bouncing bomb which hit the Cathedral during the Second World War. The bomb hit a huge water-filled radiator, which burst, extinguishing the fire which could have devastated the building.
The children learned about the history of the Cathedral, which was the first to be built in England after the Reformation, when being a Catholic was made 'legal'. They also heard the interesting story of St Chad and how some of his bones were saved from destruction after King Henry VIII ordered his shrine in Lichfield to be dismantled.
"My favourite part of the visit was going down to the crypt underneath the Cathedral and learning about the people who are buried there." Isabelle
"I thought it was fascinating when we got to see the box of relics which are the bones of St. Chad. It's amazing how they have survived for hundreds of years." Alex