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To mark the centenary of the Diocese of Coventry, all 75 Church of England Schools in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire are taking part in the Cross of Nails pilgrimage. The Cross of Nails is travelling from school to school with a special act of worship taking place to mark each handover.

Lisa Bernard, Headteacher at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary School, writes about the Cross of Nails at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore:

The Cross of Nails arrived at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore C of E Primary School at 1:30pm on Friday 26th January. During a service which was led by our school worship team, the Cross was passed over to us by pupils from St. Andrew’s Benn C of E Primary School.

Our two schools have a very different history, and it was lovely to find out more about how they have developed over the years and compare what school was like during the last 100 years. The pupils from both schools shared extracts from their school log books.  Clifton looked back to the early days of the centenary period from 1918, through the second world war years, (where we discovered that during this time the boys were regularly sent out to harvest potatoes as part of the war effort) to events around 1960. St. Andrew’s compared their school today with what it was like in 1966 when it was located on the site which is now the home of the DBE offices.

We were delighted that Rev’d Tim Davis could be present as he works very closely with both schools and he prayed for God’s guidance on us all as we continue to work with the children in our care.

On Monday 29th, Rev’d Tim led our whole school worship which was also attended by parents and governors. He took the Litany of Reconciliation as his theme and spoke about the meaning behind each of the phrases and how we should respond to these in our lives while asking for God’s guidance in all that we do and say. He reminded us that Christ was crucified on a cross in order that we have the opportunity to be reconciled to God.

During the day the children undertook an art project based around images of the Cross of Nails and Coventry Cathedral, representing the themes of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. The artwork is being displayed around school.

On Tuesday 30th January, the student heads team and I were privileged to transport the Cross of Nails to Dunchurch Boughton C of E Junior School in a 1929 Vintage Rolls Royce with the top open on what was a beautiful and sunny day. Travelling in a vehicle from the early part of the centenary period was a unique experience for us all and the children felt like royalty as we drove through Rugby town centre, attracting attention along the way.

We shared in the handing over ceremony with the pupils and staff of Dunchurch school. We were able to share the history of our schools and learn how they have developed to become the schools they are today.

To follow the Cross of Nails Pilgrimage as it makes its way to all the schools in the diocese see the Centenary website

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