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Inspirational Lent Focus Project Journeys of Faith & Hope

Published Monday 3rd of March 2014 12:07:07 PM

Sherborne Girls is marking the period of Lent with an exhibition and a series of talks about the lives of five truly remarkable women, all of whom were former pupils of the School during its 115 year history.

The five 'Inspiring Women' have been selected from the School's considerable Alumni for their extraordinary fortitude, strength of character and contribution to society. They are: politician Amrit Kaur (18891964), aviator Winifred Spooner (1900-1933), educationalist Karin Hyde (born 1955), biologist Rosa Beddington (1956-2001) and charity leader Camila Batmanghelidgh CBE (born 1963).

The project is the brainchild of School Chaplain Revd. Becky Ayers-Harris, who has worked with the School Archivist Dorothy Goldsack to create the project. She explains, 'The period of Lent presents us with time and the opportunity to think more deeply, live more carefully and ponder on our life's journey. It is a School tradition to mark this occasion with the Lent Focus Projects; in recent years we have planted a labyrinth of crocus bulbs alongside prayers written on decorated stones to mark a path for meditation and private thoughts.'

'Another time, we created a wicker cross complete with a crown of barbed wire to stand in the entrance to the Quiet Garden, to encourage the girls to reflect. Last year, we revealed the God Pod, a wooden shed on wheels, which moved mysteriously around the School grounds. This unusual place gave the girls the chance to reflect on what a sacred space meant to them, both personally and as a community.'

'This year on our annual journey with Jesus Christ at Lent, we remember the inspirational women who have spent their time here at Sherborne Girls preparing for truly courageous lives: we very much hope the girls and guests enjoy discovering about their individual journeys.'

The exhibition runs until 14 March.
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