Schools’ Department

The Schools department is dedicated to providing opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through curriculum based programmes with a special emphasis on Christian faith; we have recently been awarded our second Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education.

The Sandford Award Administrator wrote to the Department as follows:

"I am delighted to inform you that The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has won another Sandford Award.  Congratulations! Our judge, Jenny Newhouse was very impressed by the learning programmes on offer at the site and felt that they were worthy of commendation by the scheme. This was ratified by the Heritage Education Trust Directors."

The Families' Pilgrimage 2018 - The Schools' & Young Pilgrims Officer writes:

The Mystery of the Marian Beads!

The Families Pilgrimage was held from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October 2018. We spent the week learning about the rosary.

We began with the Joyful Mysteries on Monday evening, where we enjoyed the first visit to the Holy House. Each family lit a candle, which burnt throughout the rest of the week.

On Tuesday we thought about the Sorrowful Mysteries. We began at Roman Catholic Shrine and then walked the Holy Mile back to the Anglican Shrine where we had Mass. In the afternoon the families enjoyed a variety of crafts which included rosary making, making prayer candles, decorating a box to keep our rosary in and decorating a giant cross! In the evening we met in the Garden of Gethsemane (Shrine Church!)  for Healing and Reconciliation. As well as laying on of hands, anointing and confession, there were a variety of prayer stations around the Shrine Church.

The Glorious Mysteries were the theme for Wednesday! As well as Mass, the families took part in a Mystery Walk around the Shrine and the village to try and work out who stole the priceless rosary!

Thursday was a day off and many families enjoyed spending time with each other at the seaside or other local attractions. Charlie Cheesecake provided the entertainment on Thursday night, with a disco and some amazing balloon modelling.

The week ended on Friday morning with Mass and the last visit.

The four photographs at the top of this page were taken at the Families' Pilgrimage.

A New Appointment:

May 2018 - The Shrine is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Caroline Ward as the new Schools & Young Pilgrims Officer. Caroline is an experienced teacher and as a regular pilgrim herself she comes to the post with a good understanding of the Shrine and of the importance of pilgrimage to Walsingham.

Caroline writes: “ I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be taking up the post of Schools & Young Pilgrims Officer. I am very much looking forward to developing the work which takes place with schools to develop the importance of pilgrimage and devotion to Mary. I am also looking forward to developing strong relationships with local schools and growing the pilgrimage programme for children and families who visit”.

This is an exciting development in the life of the Shrine. We welcomed Caroline to the team in July.

The Schools Office is currently staffed full-time, so please be assured that your email or telephone message will be responded to as soon as possible.

The Schools Department aims to:

  • Offer a professional service to schools, churches and the community through high quality resources, learning opportunities and liaison.
  • Work with teachers, advisors and other professionals towards a common goal of excellence in Religious Education and throughout the whole curriculum
  • Promote pilgrimage, for all, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
  • Develop Walsingham as an exciting, valuable educational resource for all.

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