International Cross of Nails
St Cuthbert Mayne is an International Cross of Nails School (ICONS) in recognition of our commitment to reconciliation and bridge-building within the school and beyond. The Cross of Nails came from the devastation of Coventry Cathedral during World War 2, but the city turned the feelings of revenge and anger into feelings of forgiveness and peace.
In Torbay, a bomb fell on St Mary Church killing several students who were attending a service. You may find a chapel at this parish Church called the Innocent Chapel in memory of these children.
ICONS is a network of schools and communities that are part of the Community of the Cross of Nails. Schools which evidence reconciliation as part of their life and ethos are encouraged to apply to join ICONS. We joined in 2013 and have been growing from strength to strength in our hunger and desire for reconciliation.
We dedicated part of collective worship to work through the three priorities set by Coventry Cathedral which are;
- Healing the Wounds of History
- Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity
- Building a Culture of Peace
Here are some of the testimonies students wrote down:
“After saying sorry, I was forgiven by my parents for denting the car in anger”
“Me and and another student fell out a couple of days ago and I went up to him this morning and said I’m sorry for everything that I have done in the past and hope we can just be friends”
“I have asked for forgiveness when I chucked my mum’s phone at our fish tank and it smashed because she would not let me play Candy Crush”
There is power in reconciliation and as a school we count it of highest importance that relationships between students, staff, parents and friends be truly restored.