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ICONS ambassadors

Our school is part of the International Cross Of Nails community. 

The story that began it all

On the morning after Coventry and its cathedral were bombed in November 1940, Provost Howard’s words of ‘Father Forgive’ began a ministry for which Coventry Cathedral is known globally. These words, coupled with his use of a Cross of Nails (fashioned from the medieval nails of the old cathedral’s ruined roof) as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, provided a powerful message to others inspired by the healing and hope of the cathedral’s story. From these beginnings of pursuing ‘a kinder, more Christ child-like sort of world, the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) was formed, and since 2009 Coventry Cathedral has operated the ICON Schools network, a programme that aims to bring this ministry of peace and reconciliation into schools so that a new generation of peace-makers and reconcilers can make their impact on their communities.


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In January 2023 twelve children from SMB undertook a three day training course to learn the important elements of being an ICONS ambassador at school. The children were taught how to be peace makers, bridge builders and to facilitate restorative practice amongst their peers. The children are currently planning for the whole school to have an ICONS day and learn the skills of 

  • Healing the Wounds of History
  • Living with Difference and Celebrating Diversity
  • Building a Culture of Peace