Over 300 school children put on a spectacular show at Durham Cathedral

Over 300 schoolchildren put on stunning performances at Durham Cathedral to highlight the power of unity and hope.

Young people aged between eight and 18, from 29 primary and secondary schools in Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland, took part in the Footsteps into Paradise show this week.

The performances, organized by Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, were part of a long-term Journeys of Hope project, aimed at demonstrating how young people can adapt to any situation they may face and continue to feel inspired and engaged in learning.

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The shows also recognized why tolerance, kindness and acceptance were vital in society, and highlighted the challenges people have faced during the pandemic, including issues of loneliness, anxiety and isolation. Local artist Mike McGrother, who has been involved with the schools for many years, was the creative director of Journeys of Hope.

Brendan Tapping, CEO of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Trust, said: “The pandemic has shown us all how, more than ever, schools are a vital link in uniting local communities, especially during difficult times. We started the Journeys of Hope project at the very beginning of the pandemic because we wanted students to understand how working together and reacting to difficult situations in the most positive way possible can develop great personal qualities such as resilience, spirit and aspiration.

Children attending rehearsals at Durham Cathedral

“The performances were absolutely fantastic and a credit not only to the students who represented their school, but also to the teachers and support staff who continued to nurture and develop the children despite the odds stacked against them over a long period of time. .

“Our Trust is focused on building better schools, better communities and better futures in Christ. The performances really summed that up by inspiring unity, hope and learning. This was a milestone in the journey we are all on – thank you to our wonderful students, staff and of course Mike for making this possible.

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