North Tyneside Learning Platform



St Nicholas' Cathedral

Upper Key Stage 2 have taken part in a visit to St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November.  The day began with a welcome to this magnificent cathedral by Canon Steven Harvey who explained the origins of the church and why it is now a cathedral and why it is named St Nicholas.   The pupils were then taken to a room in the morning where they participated in art and craft activities, designing stained glass windows, making icons and taking part in a storytelling session. 

Following our lunch, we were given a very detailed guided tour of the cathedral by Canon Steven Harvey and the Cathedral’s Events Manager Pam Walker.  We found out about Christian Baptism, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the story behind the stained glass window depicting the Last Supper and the architecture of the Cathedral itself; we investigated how old the cathedral was, how the cathedral was actually built and how parts of the cathedral have been added to over time.  The children’s own personal knowledge of architecture and their genuine interest in hearing all about the history of the building was fabulous.

Our afternoon ended with a session with the choir master who taught us ‘The Lord is Our Shepherd’ in one of the rehearsal rooms.  We then returned to the cathedral and sang the hymn in the choir stalls with the cathedral’s organ accompanying us.  A truly mesmerising experience!

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at St Nicholas’ Cathedral for a wonderful educational visit.