The children had access to a portable labyrinth in the hall and found the meditative experience very restoring and refreshing.
As a result of the children's feedback we explored the idea of building a labyrinth within the school grounds and during April 2017 this idea became reality as you can see from the photos on this page.
This is just stage one. Over the remainder of this academic year we are planning to enclose the area and create some space for sitting and reflection. Throughout the next academic year the children will be involved in creating art work to display within this area.
Following the labyrinth path offers the restless mind an opportunity to be inwardly observant, to pay attention to feelings, to explore challenges and to be open to new thoughts and ideas.
A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is full of dead-ends and tricks. A labyrinth has only one path that always leads to the centre… if you stay on the path you cannot get lost.
Walking prayerfully is very much part of the Christian tradition. The labyrinth is known to have been embraced by Christians since the fourth century as a support for prayer and contemplation.
Walking a labyrinth can enable the walker to have some ‘quiet time’ with the Lord in the busy rush of everyday life. Time to think, to pray, explore thoughts and just ‘be’ with God.
The path has three stages - the 'inward' journey, the centre and the 'outward' journey. The theme of the 'inward' journey is letting go of things which hinder our wholeness and inner approach to God. The centre of the Labyrinth is a space of meditative prayer and peace. The theme of the 'outward' journey is relationship - with ourselves, with others and with the planet - seen in the light of our relationship with God.
Next time you have the opportunity to be on our school field please do take the time to admire our labyrinth and if you feel that you would like to "reflect" walk the path.
Visit www.pilgrimpaths.co.uk for more information and resources about labyrinths.
Since the labyrinth was completed during Easter break, Mr Ford has been busy preparing the area to create a quiet and reflective space, This has involved moving and carrying many pieces of timber to and from storage to the top of the field as well as carefully placing some new seating areas.
His hard work was recognised today as we welcomed Bishop Trevor to The Downs. He led an outdoor collective worship around our labyrinth and officially opened and blessed this wonderful, reflective area of our school grounds. It was delightful to see the whole school joining together in prayer, song and reflection.