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York Minster’s new schools’ learning programme for 2024

9 Jan, 2024

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York Minster has launched three brand new schools’ workshops starting in January 2024. ‘Creative Creation!’,Pilgrimage in an Hour’, and ‘Magnificent Minster Marvels’ combine with an immersive tour of the cathedral that will give pupils an awe-inspiring experience and memories that will last a lifetime.

Designed for pupils at Key Stage 1 – 3, York Minster is launching a refreshed learning programme this year. Lisa Power, Head of Events and Participation said: “We are so excited to be able to welcome schools back for this fantastic learning offer. Our Learning Team have specialisms in history, archaeology, and Religious Education. Their combined backgrounds in heritage education and in secondary teaching have enabled them to develop a versatile and engaging programme.”

In addition to the new workshops, York Minster will join a network of cathedrals to participate in the hugely successful National Schools Singing Programme (NSSP). Emilie Bels, the cathedral’s newly appointed Schools Singing Lead, will work with Church of England primary schools in York and the wider Diocese to deliver outreach in singing and musicianship.

Commenting on Emilie’s appointment, Lisa Power said: “This new role is at the heart of the Minster’s role as the Mother Church of the Diocese of York. Our mission is to offer schools an outreach programme that will give children foundations in music that will last their lifetime and connect them to the rich traditions of church music.

“Emilie is an experienced classroom teacher with a dynamic approach to music education.  What she will bring to the NSSP and what she can offer with the NSSP curriculum is extremely exciting.”

Schools can get further information by emailing enquiries@yorkminster.org or speak with a member of our Bookings Team 01904 557275. Detailed information about our new learning offer is available here: www.yorkminster.org/visit/schools.

For more information about the National Schools Singing Programme go to www.nssp.org.uk.

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