Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth, were very honoured to receive a special guest on Thursday 13th October: Bishop Karen Gorham, who is the 36th Bishop of Sherborne. She works in the Diocese of Salisbury with responsibility mainly for parishes in Dorset and is the 9th female bishop to be announced by the Church of England. The former Archdeacon of Buckingham, led a whole school assembly, encompassing Year 1 to the Sixth Form, and gave an enthusiastic and heartfelt address about her journey through life. Four objects were picked as important to her on this journey including a pencil sharpener, a map, her cross (given to her on her consecration as bishop in February this year) and a pebble. Carried in her pocket, Bishop Gorham highlighted how the pebble was smooth on one side and rough on the other representing life and how it is filled with rough and smooth experiences. She closed the service with a prayers asking God to help guide the school community on their individual journeys through life.
Following the assembly Karen Gorham gave a Q and A session with the junior girls and has stated her wish to work with the school further, in particular within the PSRE curriculum. Thanks go to Bishop Karen for an inspirational and enjoyable visit.