The School Visit begins with a short welcome and introduction to the story of the Cathedral and closes with a short act of worship. You are warmly invited to include a song familiar to your school.

The day is then made up of workshops from the following:

  1. What is a Cathedral? – Why is it different? Learn about the work of a Bishop, a Dean and about the life of a Cathedral. Dress up as a Bishop and a Dean, sit in the Canons’ Stalls.
  2. Cathedral Saints – Learn about St. Asaph and St. Kentigern. Hear the stories of the fish and the ring, and the burning coal.
  3. William Morgan and the translation of the Bible into Welsh – Understand why Bishop Morgan translated the Bible and learn about the Translators. See an original copy of the William Morgan Bible. Learn also about the use of the Bible in worship today.  Try your hand at some calligraphy using a quill.
  4. Stained glass windows – how they are made and the stories they tell. Design your own stained glass window.
  5. Special Clothes – Look at, and try on, the various robes used in the Cathedral. Understanding why different colours are used at different times of the year.
  6. The Life of a Monk – Learning about the daily life of a monk. Dress up in a Monk’s habit. Learn about their Chapter Meetings, their food and their routine.
  7. Materials – Look at the different materials used in the construction of the building (wood, metal, stone etc) discover hidden treasures and learn why they were used.
  8. Prayer – learn about why we pray, experience different ways of praying – candles, meditation, art, write your own prayers.
  9. Organ Workshop* – One of our organists will conduct a workshop about the organ, its structure and sound. The organist will play pieces of music and may accompany the children in singing a hymn or song. *Only available for Tuesday visits
  10. Belleplates – Hear about the role of bells in church life. Make a turn with our belleplates- hand bells with a difference.