PUPILS in Bury have been given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other faiths and cultures.

Bury CE High School staged its second annual multi-faith day which brought together speakers from the major world religions, thanks to a series of workshops and presentations.

These covered Diwali, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity.

The event allowed the pupils to reflect on their experience and to deepen their sense of belonging to a multi-faith society.

The school, in Haslam Brow, welcomed 90 pupils from the town’s Broad Oak Sports College to the event which also allowed them to try Bollywood dancing, food tasting, henna art, face painting and bracelet making. Sally Sumner, Bury CE High assistant headteacher, said: “The multi-faith event was a fantastic success. A real highlight was Sikh storyteller Roop Singh who managed to captivate the hearts and imaginations of all present with his enigmatic storytelling.

“Pupils from Bury Church and Broad Oak fully engaged with the variety of fun activities and, even more importantly, spent time getting to know each other and celebrating each other’s similarities and differences.

“New and lasting friendships were formed across the traditional school divide and we are confident that the success of this event has helped to establish our new school partnership in a positive manner.”