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The Children?s Codex Project at Red House Academy

9th Dec 2016

The Children?s Codex Project at Red House Academy

In the late Seventh Century Abbot Ceolfrith of the Wearmouth-Jarrow monestary created three copies of an illuminated Codex Amiatinus bible, each weighing 75 lbs. In June 716 at the age of 74 he set off with some of his monks on a pilgrimage to Rome, to present one of the bibles to Pope Gregory II. The only remaining intact copy is currently housed in the Laurentian Library in Florence, Italy.

As part of the Codex 1300 anniversary, pupils from all 118 schools in Sunderland and 20 in Jarrow contributed to the "Children's Codex" with each replicating one of the pages from Abbot Ceolfrith's original. Several students from Red House Academy in Sunderland took part in the project with Keisha Mooney?s depiction of the story of Cain and Abel from the book of Genesis being selected for the final codex.

The leather bound "Children's Codex" left St. Peter's Church and was signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Westminster Abbey in London and then presented to Pope Francis at St. Peter?s Church in Rome on 4th June.

The Codex has now returned to Sunderland and is travelling around all of the schools so that pupils can see the final version of their work in the leather bound version. The "Children's Codex" came to Red House Academy on 29th November 2016 and was then taken by Keisha Mooney and David Filmer, Senior Assistant Vice-Principal to Northern Saints Primary School where it was presented to the students who had contributed to the project.