Bishop of Lincoln Visit

 On Friday 27th June we were honoured to be visited at the new school at Elsea Park by The Bishop of Lincoln, The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, and his chaplain, Revd Sal McDougall.

Bishop Christopher was welcomed to the community centre at Elsea Park by Mrs Cherry Edwards, Headteacher and Mr John Kirkman, Chairman of Governors.  They were then joined on the short walk to the school by Fr Chris Atkinson, Fr Peter Lister and Revd. Sheena Cleaton of Bourne Abbey Church along with guests who included some of the children due to be the first Reception pupils at the school in September.

The group were excited to be able to step inside the school to see the progress made so far.  They were able to enjoy the outlook from the school hall which includes a beautiful view of the tower of the Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul.

Mr Kirkman then invited Bishop Christopher to bury a time capsule in the school grounds.  With  everyone gathered around the Bishop reflected on our hopes for a bright future for the school and its children and having covered the capsule with earth, he said a prayer.

The time capsule includes photos showing the development of the school, documents demonstrating what life is like in Bourne in 2014 and letters written by children from Bourne Abbey to children of the future.  We were delighted to include a copy of the book ‘A Children’s History of Bourne’ written by local historian Rex Needle.  When the capsule is opened in years to come they will also find information about the first class at Elsea Park together with a school sweatshirt.

The whole group then retired to the community centre for light refreshments before Bishop Christopher made his way to Bourne Abbey C of E Primary Academy where he was greeted by year 6 pupils Bobby Clark, Molly Howard and Aaron Stevenson.  The children were joined by Mrs Edwards, Mr Kirkman, Mrs Crook and Fr Peter in proudly showing Bishop Christopher around the school.  The visit was rounded off by an assembly for KS2 during which Bishop Christopher talked to the children about the end of the school year and what it means to move up classes or to move on to secondary school.  He was wowed by the children’s performance of the school song “We Are One” and also by their rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.

Mrs Edwards commented, “We are so thrilled that Bishop Christopher agreed to bury our time capsule for us.  It was a wonderful opportunity for him to see the new school for himself and to meet some of the children who will start their in September as well as members of the team involved in making the school a reality.  We are always delighted to show visitors round Bourne Abbey too.  The children make fantastic tour guides and are rightly proud of their school and environment.”

In a message of thanks Bishop Christopher said “It was such a delight to visit your school community on Friday – delightful children, professional and friendly academic and support staff and a great atmosphere of community, education and mutual respect.”