On the 27th May, the holy month of Ramadan, began and many pupils and their families as Sharples School observe this holy month.

Our Year 11 pupils have had an extra pressure on them at this time as they have been sitting their GCSE Exams.

I (Miss Molyneux) chatted to my students, as we revised together, and they explained to me how the fasting that they undertake during daylight hours is all about self reflection and self discipline.  They invited me to try a fast day with them.

Last Friday was the GCSE Science exam, my own subject, so I decided to give it a try.

I woke up in the early hours to brush my teeth and have a cup of coffee and then, throughout the day, I did not eat or drink.

The support and friendly comments I received from pupils was fantastic. “How are you Miss?” “Just do half a day if you’re not used to it Miss.” and they gave me advice on what was the best things to eat in the evening when the fast is broken.

I had many offers from the students providing me with traditional food for my “Iftaar”, the meal where you break your fast, from pupils, parents and staff.

Just trying it for one day was a lovely experience and I really felt the Sharples family spirit which thrives in our fantastic multi-cultural community.

This weekend is the end of Ramadan and it closes with a day of celebration.

We wish all our families Eid Mubarak and hope you have a great day.