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Title: Northampton Diocesan Schools Charity Appeal 20089 Extra Information for Teachers The Holy Land Schoo

Northampton Diocesan Schools Charity Appeal
2008/9Extra Informationfor TeachersThe Holy
Land SchoolsEl-Alali Primary School Jordan
A journey to the Land of Jesus, The Holy Land
Jordan is part of The Holy Land
  • Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan
  • Mount Nebo is where Moses was given his first
    glimpse of the promised Land
  • At St. Georges Cathedral, Madaba, we can see the
    earliest map of The Holy Land
  • Everywhere you go in Jordan you can see shrines
    to St. George

John the Baptist baptised Jesus here, at Wadi
Kharar, Jordan
Notice the armed Israeli soldiers guarding the
opposite bank
From Mount Nebo, the highest point in Jordan,
Moses was able to look over to The Promised Land
Pilgrims beneath the special crucifix inspired
by the staff of Moses. Spring flowers, hope.
Greek Orthodox Cathedralof St. Georgeat
St. George is to be seen everywhere in Jordan
This 6th century mosaic map of The Holy Land is
believed to be the oldest map in the world
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that the Christians
living in The Holy Land are a force for justice
and peace in a war torn land
  • The vocation of the Christians living in the
    Holy Land is one of particular importance for
    they are the builders of peace and justice and
    represent the living presence of Christ
  • January 2008

The Living Stones
  • This is what we call these Christians because
    they are the descendants of the first Christians
  • They do not want to leave their land
  • Many Palestinians now live in Jordan, as this is
    a more peaceful country
  • Here inflation is rocketing and the price of food
    is horrendous
  • They want their children to have a good education
    and find good jobs and raise their own families
    in the Holy Land, living peacefully alongside
    people of other religions

The Living Stones
  • There are fewer descendants of the first
    Christians living in The Holy Land now. Many, who
    can, leave their land for the promise of safety
    and a job elsewhere in the world. Those who are
    left, the living stones, need our help

A proud Palestinian wearing her traditional
dress, which she had embroidered herself
Palestinian children
These children have come back from America to
visit their grandmother
The children from El Alali go on to the
Secondary School at Fuheis
Year 11 performing a national dance for their
Everyone sits the State Examination (Tawjihi) at
age 17. The Christians, despite being only 5 of
the population, always have some of their
students in Jordans top 10.Fuheis Secondary
school is the largest Christian school in Jordan
Cambridge Nazareth Trust
  • For the past 25 years, Cambridge Nazareth Trust
    has been helping to support educational projects
    in The Holy Land. It listens to the people there
    and helps where it can. Sometimes it is helping
    poor families pay school fees and at other times
    it helps to equip new classrooms.
  • Without its help and the charitable donations
    and support of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
    (KHS), there would be little Christian education,
    few schools and no hope.

The Cambridge Nazareth Trust and the KHS Order
pray for and support the Christians of the Holy
Land, helping their children to have a better
education. Education is hope.
Misdar School, Jordan
Children in Beir Zeit, Palestine
Some images of Jordan
  • An Ancient Civilisation
  • Jerash, one of the best preserved provincial
    Roman towns in the world
  • Petra, the rose-red city
  • Wadi Rum, desert landscapes

A History reminder. This part of the world is
called The Cradle of Civilisation
Statue 6,500 BC Glass fish, a Christian
symbol Byzantine Church
Ancient Amman, previously called PhiladelphiaThe
Roman amphitheatre and the Temple of Hercules,
with a view of the city from the Citadel
JerashOne of the best preserved provincial Roman
towns in the world
There is an arch marking the visit of the Emperor
Hadrian. Do you think it would be warmer building
here than building his Wall in England ?
Hidden for centuries beneath the sand before
being excavated and restored over the last 70
Petra, The Rose-red CityWalking down through the
Siq to reach The Treasury
Wadi RumA flooded desert landscape
This irresistible place this processional way
greater than imagination... Landscapes in
childhoods dream were so vast and silent
T.E.Lawrence (of Arabia)
How can we help?
  • Parish Twinning
  • St. Ives in Cambridge with Aboud, Palestine
  • St. Josephs Bedford with Misdar in Jordan and
    Beit Sahour in Palestine
  • Building links with Parishes, Schools, and SVP
  • Communities helping communities
  • Giving hope

Palestinian Christians
  • A joyful Childrens liturgy and Mass at Beir
    Zeit, a Palestinian town
  • Mass in English and Arabic

2004 The Story of a Parish
  • St. Joseph and The Holy Child Parish Bedford
  • Fundraising for a computer suite for Misdar
    School, Amman
  • None of the Patriarchate schools in Jordan
    receives state funding
  • The school would have had to close if it was
    unable to provide computer facilities

Barnaby learns Arabic at school
  • He tries out the new computers
  • These were donated by St. Josephs Parish

Barnaby Bear is a teaching aid, used by the Royal
Geographical Society to provide children with an
understanding of different parts of the world
Tala and her sister Sally in the playground of
Misdar School, Amman, which also serves as a gym
and the assembly area
Tala, the eldest of six children, scored 96.3 in
her Tawjihi, and is now studying ICT and working
very hard to maintain 85 in all her assignments
in order to be entitled to reduced University fees
2006 Jordanian Visitors to BedfordStudent
  • The Parish funds three students and their teacher
    to visit Bedford to meet the parishioners and
    experience English education.
  • Fadi, Laith and Tala, all seventeen year old
    students at Misdar school, were accompanied by
    their teacher, Amal. They stayed with two
    families in Bedford.
  • They attended St. Thomas More Upper School for
    one week and then spent a second week discovering
    Southern England

Talking to Pupils at St Gregorys
  • Discovering how others live

How can we help?
  • Children helping Children

St. Gregorys School is very proud of its mosaic
  • The mosaic came as a thank you from Jordan. The
    design is the Jerusalem Cross. Jordanian visitors
    and school children smiling together

How can we help?
  • Student Exchanges from England
  • Gap Year students

Bethlehem University Students3,400 students,
both Christian and Muslim
  • Such a warm welcome from the catering students
  • Such a beautiful Chapel, a frieze of the Holy

Our Lady of Peace Centre, Jordan
To provide care and education for the
handicapped, Christian and Muslim Volunteers
September 2007 Kathryn and Emma go to Jordan
  • Kathryn and her friend Emma, both third year
    students at Liverpool University, spent two weeks
    in the school at Ashrafieh in Amman
  • They taught English to small groups of children
  • They were prepared with resources and ideas,
    English/Arabic texts, Big Books, craft materials
    and many visual aids
  • The children and the staff appreciated the
    injection of new ideas from the first English
    students to do this
  • Kathryn is a parishioner of St. Josephs
    Bedford and her parents were amongst the pilgrims
    from Bedford who visited The Holy Land in 2005

Emma takes a class
Learning with Kathryn is fun!
Goodbye and thank you!
Shukran, shukran, shukran Thank
you, thank you, thank you!
How can we help?
  • Resources and library books

2007 The gift of booksfrom St. John the Baptist
School, Woking, kindly transported by the
Anglo-Jordanian Society
There are photographs of King Abdullah II and
Queen Rana everywhere
Just what I asked for!
Colourful resources for R.E.
Some teaching aids were included
Puppets of Goldilocks and the three bears
Puppets and Big Books
Disappear into a book!
Excitementbut the books are so precious they are
kept in a locked case
2007 Christmas greetings from Zerka South
The reception class is using the glitter and
Pritt sticks sent with the library books from
How can we help?
  • Lenten Collections
  • A computer suite will be installed at Ajloun
    school due to the generosity of the 2008 Lenten
    donation from Our Lady and St. Edwards, Chiswick

Compare and contrast
Ajloun These are the only computers in the whole
A Bedford Nursery setting - all classes have
their own computers
A Typical Classroom, Ajloun School, Northern
Our Lady of Grace St. Edward Chiswick, have
raise funds through their 2008 Lenten appeal for
a computer suite here. There were only a few
outdated computers and the dusty library shelf
contained a few books dating from 1954.
How can we help?
  • Visit
  • Go and see for yourself - you will receive a
    wonderful welcome

Enjoying Their Visitors
The reception children at Ajloun singing Frere
Jacques in English, French and Arabic for their
Notice the blackboard Everything is written on
the blackboard as there is a shortage of text
Nablus, curious young children, shy with visitors
But shy no more. We have visitors from England
Nablus. Palestine Plenty of shelves but no books
How can we help?
  • Above all
  • Remember them in your prayers
  • Shukran - thank you