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22 February 2011 / TRURO HIGH PUPILS ARE CONFIRMED

The event took place at St John's Church and the girls, who ranged in age from 10 to 18, were accompanied by their Headmistress, Caroline Pascoe, teachers, friends and relatives. They were also joined by two Archbishop Benson pupils and two adult members of the local parish who were being confirmed at the same time.

Confirmation is an affirmation of faith that is practised by several Christian denominations. The ritual involves renewing baptismal promises and the bishop making the sign of the cross on each individual's forehead with oil. The ceremony is followed by Holy Communion.

"I'm very proud that so many girls wanted to be confirmed this year," said Caroline Pascoe. "Our school was founded more than 130 years ago by Archbishop Benson and our Anglican foundation is still an integral part of the school. We have pupils of all faiths and, in an increasingly secular world, I think it's very important for us to provide a moral framework that encourages religious belief and expression.

"The Bishop is very charismatic and everyone seemed to enjoy the service. It even ended with a spontaneous round of applause."

The event was followed by tea and cake in the school dining room.


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