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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

The religion, philosophy and ethics curriculum has been created to foster an interest and excitement in the academic study of religion from a young age. Studying mainly Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism, pupils begin with the stories of creation and explore the lives of the founders of religions. They go on to examine the holy books of these religions and consider their use and historical significance. Pupils visit Winchester Cathedral, the beautiful and awe-inspiring Neasden Hindu Temple as well as being treated to the hospitality of Sikhs in a Gurdwara. Learning why Sikhs wear a turban or carry a knife and what it means individually for Hindus to have many gods will enhance the pupils’ understanding of tolerance and different cultures. Birth and coming-of-age ceremonies are considered along with their significance. Pupils are encouraged to develop thinking skills throughout the curriculum, particularly when they study philosophy in Year 5. The curriculum is rounded off with a colourful and thought-provoking project which brings together their extensive studies.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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