Bishop leaves Bury school with high praise - and a sticker for his work

Bishop Martin helps the children use cups attached to a cycle wheel to transfer water for watering their plants ANL-160531-152356001
Bishop Martin helps the children use cups attached to a cycle wheel to transfer water for watering their plants ANL-160531-152356001

When the Bishop of St Edmundsbury visited Sexton’s Manor Primary, he not only left with a high opinion of the school but also a sticker for his work.

During a Q&A session, the Right Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, was asked by a pupil if he had a medal for his duties.

Bishop Martin explains the special clothes bishops wear ANL-160531-152408001

Bishop Martin explains the special clothes bishops wear ANL-160531-152408001

Head Debbie Knight said: “On answering no a reception child responded with ‘not even a sticker?’. It then came to light that he had been Bishop for a year so happy birthday was sung as a first anniversary and a sticker presented.”

He was also given a CD of songs composed by pupils and residents at St Peter’s House care home - an initiative which he lauded as well as the Bury St Edmunds school’s ‘creative approach to learning’.

Bishop Martin said: “The project with the residents from St Peter’s House where each one is paired with a child from the school and they compose and sing songs together was incredible and an outstanding example of learning together across generations.”

He added: “I loved the chance to get wet helping the children use cups attached to a cycle wheel to transfer water for watering their plants, to listen to children from Sexton’s Manor and Riverwalk sing, and to answer the children’s very perceptive questions about being a bishop - my favourite being, “Do you dream about church?” - and I had to admit I don’t.

Debbie Knight and Bishop Martin ANL-160531-152420001

Debbie Knight and Bishop Martin ANL-160531-152420001

“Congratulations to the students, the staff and governors for creating such a remarkable school.”

Mrs Knight said: “It was a privilege to share all the variety of approaches we use at Sexton’s Manor with Bishop Martin. He certainly embraced our creative curriculum and thinking skills.

“My thanks to Bishop Martin for acknowledging all the excellent things happening here and to the whole team that make it happen - most importantly the children.”