Inspiration and support at education day

Here, headteacher of Clyro VC school, Sarah Groves, gives her thoughts on the diocese’s first education day. 

On Monday, November 14, the diocese organised its first Education Day for Church in Wales school headteachers, governors and clergy at Llandrindod’s Holy Trinity Church.

Bishop John welcomed everyone to the event and then the Church in Wales’ lead bishop for education, Rt Rev David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, gave an inspirational talk.

He was an absolute joy to listen to, inspiring, informative and uplifting. There was never a dull moment in his delivery which even included him singing a song from West Side Story. He spoke about “the loving heart,” which he illustrated through the stories Jesus told, about the love of the Good Samaritan, the love of the father towards his Prodigal Son and the love of the Good Shepherd towards his flock.

He spoke about how teachers must “look to their own hearts” and show love for their pupils and stressed that children’s hearts are there for the making or the breaking.     

Later in the afternoon, there were presentations from the Scripture Union, Gill Vaisey of Books at Press and the Christian charity, TLG, who were all interesting and informative. The day was rounded off with headteachers and governors providing two stars and a wish, of what they consider they do well in school and what they would like help with, in order for the Diocesan Board of Education to be able to best support their schools.

You can read the education day report here.