On Wednesday 22nd February, we all attended church for our Ash Wednesday service led by Archdeacon Andy. Pupils from our Leading Lights taught us the meaning of Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent and why these days are observed by Christians.
Ash Wednesday is celebrated seven weeks before Easter. It represents the first day of Lent and signifies the start of approximately 6 weeks of fasting and penance. The day gets its name from the placing of ashes on the foreheads of Christians. The ashes symbolise both death and repentance. Over 300 of our staff and pupils were ashed as they left the church today.