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While welcoming students from all religious backgrounds – and none, Sligo Grammar School has a strong Christian Ethos. The Cabin is an important part of this.
The Cabin is situated to the right of the Assembly Hall. The purpose of the Cabin is to provide a Christian space for all students to enjoy. It is open at lunchtimes and is a quiet and comfortable place for students to get away from the hustle and bustle of the school. It has a calm and restful atmosphere and allows students relax in a prayerful, meditative way. The Cabin is used by everyone, students, parents and school staff alike. We thank the Church of Ireland Priorities Fund for helping to make the Cabin possible.
The Christian Union meets in the Cabin once every week during lunch. Students can have a chat and catch up over tea and biscuits. The CU has been running quietly in SGS for many years and what has kept it going is the students’ wish to have some time with God in their school day. Participants can take part in voluntary activities such as prayer and songs. CU is open to people from all backgrounds and beliefs, from 1st to 6th year. Discover and discuss the Christian perspective on various topics , listen to guest speakers and hear what they think about the chosen topic for that week. When school opens again, keep an eye out for any CU posters or announce- ments!
CHRISTIAN UNITY ASSEMBLY
On Wednesday 22nd Jan. The school gathered in Calry Church for a Special Assembly to mark Christian Unity Week. The school welcomed staff and students from Summerhill College, Sligo who took part in the Assembly. The Assembly was led by Canon Patrick Bamber and special guest ,Mr. Paul Keogh, Principal of Summerhill College, addressed the congregation. In his address Mr. Keogh urged the students to follow their dreams and realise that although it may take time and effort it will always be worthwhile. He also spoke about unity in society and reminded us that when we look closely we will realise that people have more in common than we might at first realise. Music was provided by the choir and school musicians. Afterwards our guests joined some of the staff and students for coffee in the Library. Some photos can be seen HERE
In February the sixth years had an afternoon of contemplation as they attended a retreat in Calry Church. In this pressure-filled year it is good to take some time out to think about things other than studies!
This year, with the departure from the teaching staff of Ruth Galbraith, the Cabineers are under the guidance of Mr. Damian Shorten. Students gather in this comfortable space to chat and have the occasional treat!
There is currently a small group of students who meet as a Christian Union. They meet every Wednesday at lunchtime. They are given a chance to express their opinions in a relaxed atmosphere. They have a committee of students who have taken over running the meetings and organising the events.
The Cabin has also a more casual group called “The Cabineers” who meet at lunchtimes on Fridays. This group is aimed at Juniors only, and each week there is a short activity, a thought for the week and a prayer. The activities can involve arts and crafts, watching a video clip, playing a game or exchanging ideas.
This group also makes and uses prayer stations – e.g. stones, shells, prayer wall or prayer chain. In previous years The Cabineers have been responsible for special activities coming up to Christmas and for decorating The Cabin.
A number of parents meet on regular occasions to pray. They pray for the school, students and other issues. This is a good way for parents to give something back to the school. Anyone interested in being notified about this group should contact the school or Canon Bamber.
For news on our Fields of Life project please see our special projects page.