Sunderland primary school pupils welcome new Bishop of Jarrow during programme on diversity
The new Bishop of Jarrow made a visit to a Sunderland school to support pupils’ diversity programme.
Bishop Sarah Clark, who is a former Wales U21 netball player, and also the first female Bishop of Jarrow, visited Seaburn Dene Primary School, in her attempt to get to know her diocese and the children in it.
The Torver Crescent school – a Platinum Sports School – hosted the Bishop as part of its programme of events to celebrate diversity, difference and uniqueness.
Bishop Sarah’s presentation was the highlight of the visit, as she guided children through the symbols of her role and how the Bible promoted respect and the parable of the lost sheep.
The Bishop, who is originally from South Wales, confessed to having a love of sports, including netball, football and rugby – all sports enjoyed at Seaburn Dene – among many others.
She fielded questions about her Bishop's staff and vestments.
Headteacher John Howe said: "Bishop Sarah really helped the children understand where they fit in the world and appreciate what it sometimes means to be 'lost'.
“It was fascinating to talk about sport with her – one of our school drivers – and discover someone as passionate as we are."
Zac, Year 6, said: "I learnt a lot more things than I knew about Christianity and Bishops. My favourite fact was finding out about Cuthbert's coffin."
Grace, also in Year 6, added: "I learnt what the robes were for, which was really interesting."