The Visit of Vinīta Bhikkhu – December 2017

On 14th December Vinīta Bhikkhu, a monk from the Amaravati Buddhist monastery near Great Gaddesden visited the school.

In a busy schedule, Vinīta Bhikkhu visited both the Year 6 classes and Year R in the morning and Year 5 in the afternoon. All of these classes are either currently studying Buddhism or will be studying it next year.

The rest of Key Stage 1 and 2 also got to learn about the life of a Buddhist monk as Vinīta Bhikkhu was our special guest at the morning assembly. He gave a wonderful insight into a life very different from that experienced by the children, many of whom were particularly shocked to learn that a Buddhist monk can only watch three films a year.

The children also learned about what it feels like to be dependent on others for your very food and many of the Year 6 children had brought in food for Vinīta Bhikkhu to take back to the monastery.

The assembly ended with a period of meditation.

The whole school is very grateful to Vinīta Bhikkhu for providing us with such a rich learning experience. We hope to maintain and deepen our connection with the monastery in future.

Here is what Vinīta Bhikkhu said about his visit to Westfield:
I too utterly enjoyed the time that I spent with children of different age groups at your school. It’s a very warm and friendly school. Thank you for inviting us too. 
The staff were very friendly and supportive. Please give my sincere thanks for all of them.