ANNUAL REPORT 2017-18
|Officers and Committee members|
|Vice Chair:||Terry Lilley|
Committee meetings were held on 7 April and 10 November 2017.
Membership: We had 22 paid up members including one free membership for an asylum seeker. Attendance at meetings varied between 12 and 17.
Harrow Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE)
Harrow's Agreed Syllabus Launch 20/06/17 at Norbury School
Julie and David as members of Harrow SACRE had a stand at the Agreed Syllabus Launch event explaining Humanism and advertising our school visitor service. We made some useful contacts with RE teachers and department Heads. Julie, as Chair of Harrow's Agreed Syllabus Conference (ASC), made a speech outlining the production of the Syllabus. All local authority, community schools should be using this document as their guidance on the teaching of RE.
With the changing landscape in RE, and the recent publication of reports and Commissions on the subject, the future form of RE and SACREs is uncertain. A national entitlement for RE would be a step towards the most desirable national curriculum, but this may mean the end of SACREs. However, the various faith groups on the SACRE wish to preserve the status of both the curriculum and SACRE.
Humanists UK Education Day 25/11/17 for school speakers and SACRE
David attended this event which combined and replaced the SACRE representatives AGM and the School Speakers Training and Networking Event. Alan Brine from The Commission on Religious Education talked about the report which the commission will publish at the end of 2018 and which could significantly effect the status of SACREs and the structure and scope of RE teaching in the future. There were very useful workshops and discussions for school visitors.
Harrow Humanists (HH), Harrow InterFaith (HIF) and local community
David acted as a Humanist representative on Harrow Interfaith during the period 03/2017 to 03/2018. And has been re-elected to the HIF executive committee for 2018-19. He was also on the organising committee for Harrow's Holocaust Memorial Day Event in January 2018 which was held in front of a capacity audience of 400 people at the Harrow Arts Centre. It is hoped that HIF will help Humanism gain a higher local profile.
Remembrance: a secular reflection - November 2017, Fitzrovia Chapel,
Defence Humanists held a secular reflection on Armistice Day. The event consisted of readings from members of Defence Humanists, talks from Humanists UK's Chief Executive Andrew Copson and Defence Humanists patron Professor AC Grayling, alongside music from the London Humanist Choir. The event was funded by the Ministry of Defence, underlining their commitment to support humanists and those of no religion who work within the department. Several Harrow Humanists attended this event and it was refreshing not to feel excluded by the obligatory Anglican prayers and hymns which inevitably characterise Remembrance Day events.
We have begun to keep records of our school visits, as of July 2017. The number of requests has increased from that time to the present, perhaps due to the publication of Harrow's Agreed Syllabus and the event publicising it. The increase may also be due to a greater awareness of Humanism and also of the historically changing needs of multi-cultural schools.
|SCHOOL||DATE||STAGE||KEY STAGE||YEAR||AGE||STUDENT TOTAL|
|Edward Betham CofE Primary, Greenford (David & Terry)||14/07/17||Primary||KS2||6||11||
|Ruislip High School (David)||22/09/17||Secondary||KS5||12||17||
|Elmgrove Primary (David & Terry)||04/12/17||Primary||KS1||2||7||
|Hatch End High (David & Terry)||05/12/17||Secondary||KS3||9||14||
|Hatch End High (David & Terry)||30/01/18||Secondary||KS4||11||16||
|St Margaret's, Bushey (private school) (David)||08/03/18||Senior||KS3||9||13-14||
|Sudbury Primary School (Julie)||06/03/18||Primary||KS2||4 & 6||9-11||
|Sudbury Primary School (Julie)||23/03/18||Primary||KS1||2||7||
We continued to have weekly "drop-in" coffee mornings on Tuesdays but have changed the venue to Pret à Manger in St Anns Road. The regular Sunday brunch continues to be held in Debenhams café.
For the annual summer outing in July 2017 Charles organised a very enjoyable day in Cambridge. Lunch at Loch Fyne restaurant in Trumpington Street was followed by a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum. We then went to see Peterhouse, the oldest of the colleges (1284), and were able to go inside the Hall, the oldest part of the college. We also visited the Chapel, the Lubbock Theatre, and the recently built Whittle building with the jet engine on display. We then had tea in the University Centre, Granta Place, overlooking the river before returning to London.
In addition to the traditional pub lunch in August, we were also royally entertained by Terry and Maureen with a lunch in their delightful garden "taverna" with food contributions from everyone and great conversation.
To celebrate midwinter in 2017, instead of an evening party, we had a December lunch at ZaZa in Pinner.
JC April 2018