Bishop visits Hackforth and Hornby Primary School

Pupils at Hackforth & Hornby C of E Primary School welcomed the newly installed Bishop of Ripon, The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Harley to their school yesterday.

Pupils enjoyed a fascinating morning with Bishop HA, as she introduced herself, hearing about her travels which took her to New Zealand where she served as the Bishop of Waikato.

Bishop Helen-Ann shared her vestments with pupils, discussing symbolism and stressing the importance of memories, as she talked about the special gifts she received from Maori members of her previous congregation.

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Pupils were particularly interested in her pounamu (greenstone) cross, intricately embroidered stole and crook.

Bishop Helen-Ann enjoyed her morning, which included a tour of the school with the school council.

She later tweeted, “A fantastic morning at Hackforth and Hornby Church of England Primary School. Loved the sand-pit!”

Staff and pupils presented the Bishop with a lavender plant from the school garden to mark her visit, she tweeted her thanks with a photo showing the plant bedside her office door.