Year 8 pupils recently visited the Sikh Gurdwara in St George’s, Bristol, on a Religious Studies educational visit where they were given a tour of the Gurdwara and learnt about Sikh beliefs and teachings.
Year 8 gained valuable knowledge about how Sikhs believe in equality and how nobody is allowed to sit higher than the platform on which their Holy Book (the Guru Granth Sahib) is placed. As long as a Sikh has been initiated into the religion through the special Khalsa Ceremony, both men and women have equal roles in the service.
Year 8 pupils were fascinated with the idea that, as long as the Gurdwara is open for worship, cooking is done in the Langar Kitchen and anyone who visits whether they are Sikhs or not, can eat from the Langar Kitchen.
The highlight of the visit was the snack provided by the Gurdwara and an opportunity for pupils to experience the wearing of a turban. Some pupils also found it helpful to interact and chat to a female Sikh who was visiting the Gurdwara at the time of the visit.