Woodheys Primary School

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Labyrinth and Meditation

The Interfaith Ceremony to open our J.P.Joule Positive Energy Labyrinth May 23rd 2008 funded by the Ashden Awards:

  • 1) Musical version of aspects of the day. Music by Denise Hagan.

             The Interfaith Ceremony to open our J.P.Joule Positive Energy Labyrinth
             May 23rd'08 funded by the Ashden Awards  

  • 2) Peace Mala songs, prayers and presentation with our pupils.

              The Interfaith Ceremony to open our J.P.Joule Positive Energy Labyrinth
              May 23rd'08 funded by the Ashden Awards

  • 3) Background to the adult guests involved in the Interfaith opening ceremony.

              The Interfaith Ceremony to open our J.P.Joule Positive Energy Labyrinth
              May 23rd'08 funded by the Ashden Awards

  • 4) The Outdoor Ceremony using the multi faith Peace Prayers used by the Pope at his gathering in Assissi in 1986. Professor David Ward, dressed as J.P.Joule walked on behalf of the Humanists.

              The Interfaith Ceremony to open our J.P.Joule Positive Energy Labyrinth
              May 23rd'08 funded by the Ashden Awards


• Our children have written prayers of peace in the world and hung them on our tree of peace for the wind to take their wishes around the globe.

•Medieval labyrinths were first developed during the 9th and 10th centuries and are commonly found in medieval churches and cathedrals in Europe. The most famous example is on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. People walk labyrinths for stress relief, anger and pain management, focus and meditation.

•When you draw a labyrinth or trace its shape with your finger it helps to balance your right and left brain. This expands your potential and enhances your capabilities. It is especially good for children, enabling them to do better at school and develop their latent talents.

1. With your finger or footsteps, trace the path from the entrance to the centre of the labyrinth.
2. If you have a problem, think about it as you enter your labyrinth.
3. Be calm and relax. Enjoy the silence on your journey. Wait at the centre and think.
4. You may want to repeat a quiet word or sentence on your journey, an affirmation e.g. `Peace´, `Hope´ or I am calm and peaceful´, `I trust my inner voice´.
5. As you walk out of the labyrinth, open yourself to any answers or thoughts that may come to you.
6. You may want to share your experience with a friend but only if you want to.
7. How did you feel?



St Francis has a special place in our labyrinth area.

Woodheys ‘Vision for the World’.

International Schools Award 2008. Celebration of Multi Faith

We are delighted to inform you that we have completed an Art and RE project with Altrincham College of Art. The theme for our project had a multi faith approach, celebrating the diversity of religions within our school community. We looked at our understanding of faith symbols and produced a beautiful ceramic wall plaque. This is displayed outside our Nursery, overlooking the stunning labyrinth.


The Interfaith Ceramic was created in conjunction with Altrincham College of Arts co-ordinated by Sharon Blakey and our Year 6 pupils in 2008.  The ceramic was commissioned to celebrate Woodheys´ 70th Anniversary.  The final touches were put in place on Friday 30th January 2009 by Anthony Devereux of Splashzone.

Years 5 and 6 developed their knowledge and understanding of RE in special lessons provided by a specialist teacher Beverly Jordan. The ceramic work was led by Art Specialist Sharon Blakey in conjunction with community artist Clare Hartley.Years 3 and 4 created a unique footpath using natural forms which will help to represent the `Journey of Life´. This will run through our new labyrinth.

Woodheys would very much like to welcome into school any parents who would like to share with us aspects of their faith. This could enhance our assemblies or lesson time.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. A maze is designed for you to lose yourself, a labyrinth is designed for you to find yourself. It has one circuitous path that meanders and winds into the centre.

Pilgrims once used the experience of walking the labyrinth as a symbolic journey to Jerusalem. More recently the labyrinth is being used for healing, meditation and spiritual purposes. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Walk it with soft eyes, an open mind and an open heart.

Labyrinths are being built in schools throughout the world, painted on playgrounds, laid in stone in courtyards and outlined in flowers and bushes in gardens. Labyrinths engage a child’s natural creativity. The garden will also provide a quiet place for the Woodheys community in our busy lives.

Please visit websites www.veriditas.org and  www.labyrinthsociety.org

Our Labyrinth is designed for wheelchair access. The gardens and tactile art work are designed for sensory impaired pupils and visitors.