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Pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham

Each summer our Year 6 children, as part of their transition to High School, make a pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, with Year 6 children from Duchy of Lancaster and The Norman, our partnership schools. 

This year they took part in the "To be a Pilgrim" activity day.  Mother Joan Horan, from St Mary's, visited the children before their trip to talk to them about transition and the importance of Faith. As part of her work she supported them to design and create their  own Pilgrim Badges that they wore on their day to Walsingham. (Pilgrim badges are decorations worn by some of those who undertake a Christian pilgrimage to a place considered holy by the Church.)

During their Pilgrimage Day the children:

  • Discovered why pilgrims have visited Walsingham for nearly 1000 years.
  • Time travelled back to Medieval Walsingham.
  • Found out what a pilgrim would have needed for their journey.
  • Visited the Abbey grounds to see the original site of the Holy House.
  • Explored the present day Shrine.
  • Discovered what pilgrims do today and what it means to them.
  • Spent time reflecting and light a candle in the special Holy House.
  • Took part in a short service of 'Sprinkling' at the Well with other Pilgrims.

If you would like more information about our school trip to Walsingham, please see link to Walsingham brochure below.