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Praise for bishop's visit to school.

CHILDREN at a Huddersfield school gazed in amazement at a bishop in all his finery.

And they were even more engaged when the Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs explained the relevance of his official robes to his work.

The impromptu 'lesson' took place when the Bishop of Huddersfield visited a voluntaryaided school in Almondbury - All Hallows Infants and Nursery.

Dr Gibbs was invited after the school changed its name from Almondbury Infants to All Hallows.

Head teacher Jane Sargent said: "We wanted to signal that we are a church school and a closer attachment to our local church of that name.

"So it made sense for the bishop to come and visit us."

Dr Gibbs took collective worship and donned his vestments to explain the significance of what he wore and how it relates to his work.

"It was something really different for the children," said Miss Sargent, "seeing him use the shepherd's crook and its relevance to 'lost sheep'."

The bishop also met some of the school governors and toured classrooms to see the children at work.

"It was a highly successful visit. Dr Gibbs impressed everyone," said Miss Sargent."The children were extremely receptive and full of amazement at seeing him in all his vestments.

"The visit firmly placed the school within the diocese, strengthening our already close links with the local church. It put us on the map."

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The Bishop of Huddersfield , the Rt Rev Jonathan Gibbs, meets children at All Hallows Infants School |in Almondbury 220915ABISHOP_02

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2015
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