Pupil's Letter Triggers Bishop's Visit to School
10 April 2014 by Jessica Foster

Pupil's Letter Triggers Bishop's Visit to School

A letter from a year 6 pupil from a Birmingham Primary School has persuaded the city’s Bishop to clear his diary and join them for an end-of-term breakfast.

The Rt. Revd David Urquhart was invited by 11 –year-old Hakeem Mir to visit the Breakfast Club at St. Clement’s C. of E. Academy in Nechells on Thursday 10th April from 8 am where he will be served Hot Cross Buns.

Hakeem wrote: “Breakfast club is fun because it enables us to chat with our friends, read magazines and have a healthy and tasty breakfast. It is also good because it enables working parents to get to work on time without worrying.”

During Lent Bishop David has been supporting the End Hunger Fast initiative and visiting projects that tackle food poverty and those that promote healthy eating.

He said: “When I received Hakeem’s invitation I was really pleased. I was so glad I could squeeze one more visit in before the end of Lent and spend some time visiting the club and meeting the young people in Nechells. It was a lovely letter and I am not surprised to learn Hakeem won a Shining Star award for writing in April 2014.

“It is vital that schools offer services like the Breakfast Club that support families and ensure the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the children are met as well as focussing on academic achievement.”

Sue Simmons, Principal of St. Clement’s Academy said: “I am delighted that the Bishop can visit us on the last day of term. We are really proud of the work that our breakfast club does and the benefits it brings to children and families.”

“Hakeem is thrilled that his letter had such a positive response and he is looking forward to welcoming the Bishop on Thursday.”

St. Clement’s CofE Academy breaks up on Thursday afternoon in order to host a Community Open day on Friday 11th April.