When the Queen Katherine School joined the Young Ambassadors for RE scheme in 2015, they put together a wonderful ‘padlet’ of ideas where they discussed why it was important to learn about other people’s beliefs and values.
[Religious Education] is important because many people have different ways of living their lives to us and we need to be able to respect that. When we learn about others’ beliefs and values, we become more understanding, less discriminatory and kinder people.
At the Young Ambassadors’ conference in 2016, they presented their research on Modern Kadampa Buddhism. They also hosted their local MP Tim Farron on a school visit, during which they talked to him about the importance of religious education, and he was able to observe an RE lesson.
To showcase their year’s activities and to reapply for the scheme, the RE Ambassadors produced this PowerPoint presentation.
For Inter Faith Week for the last two years, the Young Ambassadors at the Queen Katherine School organised a interfaith lunch event. It was an opportunity for students to carousel around different tables meeting members of different religious traditions from the South Lakes area. This year, a number of faiths were represented including Baha’i, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and an Interfaith Minister. They found out more about how different faiths worship around Kendal and how individuals view their faith.
As of 2019, Queen Katherine School’s Young Ambassadors are Callum, Harriet, Holly T, Amy, and Holly B: