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Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 20th March 2020

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RS Question Time on Deeper Learning Day

For this term's PHSE day, we started off our first session in an insightful and interesting way!

In this session, we were able to ask people-of different religions- about their perspective on debatable topics.

For example, "If God is truly omnibenevolent, does that mean He loves the devil?" or "Why is there suffering if God is loving?" and "Is God really the creator of the universe?".

Hearing contrasting opinions on the same question truly helped many of us in making unique points for our 12 mark questions. The Islamic, Christian and non religious experts were passionate about their religion/expertise, and they each helped bring counter balances to each point. For example, the reason devil must exist is because, for good to be meaningful: there must be an ultimate evil to compare it to.

This helped us in many ways because it encouraged us think in different perspectives, (that we may not agree with!)

Thank you RS department for organising this!"

I was impressed with the energy and the challenging questions the pupils asked the panel ranging from queries about the origins of the university to asking the panel about why there is suffering in the world. Big questions that are not easy to answer! As a humanist I was honoured to be on the inter panel to provide a non religious perspective and I listened with interest to the range of replies from the other guests and comments from the girls. The pupils were a credit to the school and came across as positive and inquiring! A great session - I’m looking forward to next years event already.

Anthony

I was privileged to attend your Question time as a panellist. Your students were clearly well informed, enthusiastic and curious. This was reflected in the range of their questions. My fellow panellists gave other perspectives, and I think we demonstrated that differences of opinion can be held with love, respect and common humanity.

Certainly, I would like to participate again, if asked.

Arshad Gamiet

I was privileged to attend your Question time as a panellist. Your students were clearly well informed, enthusiastic and curious. This was reflected in the range of their questions. My fellow panellists gave other perspectives, and I think we demonstrated that differences of opinion can be held with love, respect and common humanity.

Certainly, I would like to participate again, if asked.

Arshad Gamiet