Year 7 Visit to Places of Worship

June 17, 2024

Earlier this year, our delightful Year 7 students visited three places of worship in Cardiff to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist.

The day began at the Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir, where they had the opportunity to practise meditation with Khushal, who explained that in Hinduism, meditation is performed five times a day, with the first session before sunrise!

Their next stop was the Cardiff Sikh Gurdwara, where they were honoured to witness the reading of the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib. They listened to traditional kirtan devotional music during a service commemorating the martyrdom of one of the ten Gurus, which marked an important Sikh festival.

The day concluded at the Cardiff Tibetan Buddhist Centre. The students found this place of worship incredibly calming and enjoyed a guided meditation session. The shrine room was adorned with beautiful traditional wall hangings, sparking curiosity and fantastic questions from the boys. They were fortunate enough to try some musical instruments used in Buddhist puja (worship), with the conch shell, in particular, providing much excitement as they attempted to produce its distinctive trumpeting sound.

The Year 7 boys truly did the school proud on this trip, asking insightful questions and impressing everyone they met with their existing knowledge.