PROUD and studious children presented a book of their schoolwork on Zoroastrianism to one of the religion’s most important representatives.
The three year six classes at Whitchurch Junior School, Wemborough Road, Stanmore, handed over two bound volumes to Rusi Dalal, a trustee of the Zoroastrian Centre for Europe in Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, and one of its former presidents, on Tuesday last week.
Teacher Kat Portou said: “The children studied Zoroastrianism in Harrow because we have the centre here for the whole of Europe and it’s been in the curriculum for the last couple of years.
“There’s very little in the way of resources or books about the religion so we said: there isn’t much out there so we don’t we make our own?
“Their work was too beautiful to be laminated and spiral-bound so we looked into properly binding it.”
Student Emily Stobbs, 11, welcomed Mr Dalal to the school in a speech and then he was presented with a copy of the book on behalf of the 90 pupils before he held a question and answer session on his faith.
“Everything is in there - the birth, marriages and deaths, rights of passages, their spirits and gods and the opposites of god,” said Mrs Portou. “I’m happy to say 85 per cent of what Mr Dalal was explaining the children already knew about, had researched or had learned it from the book.”
Ten copies of the book, called Zoroastrianism, have been bought by the school for its library.