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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 (1889�1964), 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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