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Bishop of Selby meets with students

Monday 10 February 2020

Bishop of Selby meets with College Principal and students

Selby College students joined Principal Phil Sayles in welcoming the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson, Bishop of Selby to the campus on Thursday 6th February.

The Bishop was delighted to be introduced to a number of students, including Student Governor Jessica Smith, who took the opportunity to discuss the work of the newly formed Student Council to amplify the voice of students in the College.

The Bishop also spoke to Higher Education student Georgia Fernandez, 19, currently studying for her HND in Art & Design (Arts Practice), who was recently involved in an exciting project to create a film about the ‘Pilgrim’ illuminations for Selby District Council and Selby 950 as part of the 950th anniversary of Selby Abbey's foundation.

Georgia was joined by fellow second year HND Art & Design students Mollie Robey and Beth Davenport to discuss their forthcoming exhibition based around Wellbeing which will be on display in Selby Abbey from the end of February. Their work covers a number of pathways including graphics, fine art, moving image, photography and architecture.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services students, Luke Cheney, 19 and Ben Hodder, 18, also got the opportunity to speak to the Bishop about their preparations to head out on an Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal during the Easter holidays. They will be heading out to the Himalayas as part of a group of six, including their Lecturer Grant Gibson, on an expedition that will allow the students to complete a famous trekking route, take in the beauty of the varied landscapes and meet the local people that live on the mountains.

Selby College’s Counsellor Lorraine Fisher was also introduced to the Bishop and discussed her aim to get students and staff talking, including the activities she organised to promote Time to Talk Day which coincided with his visit, including a lunchtime walk, sports, board games, topic cards, mindful colourful and quizzes.