King's St Alban's

1 April

Pupils visit Knife Angel.

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 enjoyed a memorable visit to the Knife Angel. This was the perfect opportunity to make the most of culture on our doorstep; the striking sculpture, made from over 100,000 seized blades, spent the month of March looming across the Cathedral Plaza in Worcester. Towering over eight metres tall, the children noted the variety of coloured handles and the everyday kitchen knives used to make up the main body of the Angel.

Pupils learned that the Knife Angel was specifically created to highlight the negative effects of violent behaviour, whilst solidifying our critical need for social change. Not only does the Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it is also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to celebrate those lives that have been lost through these violent and thoughtless actions.

Since December 2018, the Knife Angel has created huge waves as it tours all across the country on its National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme. Representing the nation’s intolerance and rejection of violence, communities have embraced the Angel and all it stands for, with a multitude of towns and cities stepping up to join the list of hosting locations and arranging education workshops, conferences and activities.

The knife amnesty box caught the attention of the group and the children had a mature discussion surrounding the feelings of those who choose to hand in knife weapons. The Angel’s pleading face gives this artistic sculpture real presence in the heart of the city. The Angel’s wings, made of a variety of knife blades, may have started to rust; however the impact of this creative piece of education remains incredibly sharp.

Year 5 pupils behaved impeccably throughout this informative visit. PSHE enrichment at its best and enabling our pupils to develop a social conscience for the benefit of our community.