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Back to school for the Dean

6 April 2021

Ahead of their Easter break, the Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle provided students at Grace College, Gateshead with an update on our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Common Ground in Sacred Space.

Newcastle Cathedral has recently been forging stronger links with local schools, colleges and universities, including Grace College, which is part of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

Assistant Vice Principal Mr Andrew Mair visited the Cathedral last month and spoke with Geoff about the ongoing building works and his ultimate vision for the project…

Principal Mark Hall invited Geoff to the college for its annual prizegiving ceremony. Due to social distancing, attendance was limited to those students receiving accolades in person but the ceremony was also livestreamed to the remaining 1,000 children and staff.

At the ceremony, Geoff explained: “The Cathedral was built in 1091, has burnt down a few times and was last refurbished in 1773. We are renovating its interior to reveal its beauty including restoring and researching the 150 two tonne gravestones in the floor which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

“The idea is to tell the stories of the people of Newcastle, and Grace College will be helping us do this.”

The Dean presented prizes to students from Year 7-13 for excellence and endeavour. Prize-winners then conducted a Q&A session with the Dean during which he revealed what he had been doing during the lockdown, what advice he had for those leaving sixth form and what he liked most about being an RE and History teacher before he was ordained.

He told students: “My advice is to take every single opportunity that comes your way, even if this puts you out of your comfort zone, then be you in it. Go for it in every way you can and make the best of life.

“What makes me really happy is seeing other people being who they really are and seeing them thrive,” he said.

Mr Hall added: “This year has been difficult and disruptive but I want to commend each person who is part of the Grace College community for their resilience. We have stuck together with a common sense of unity and supported and encouraged each other. We are very proud of every single student who is part of Grace College; you have done phenomenally well.”


You can watch the livestreamed prizegiving ceremony via Grace College’s YouTube channel.

If your school, college or university would like to work with Newcastle Cathedral, please get in touch via our contact form.