Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”

Codex 1300 Project

In the late Seventh Century Abbot Ceolfrith of the Wearmouth-Jarrow monestary created three copies of an illuminated Codex Amiatinus bible, each weighing 75lbs. 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. Our school was selected to retell the story Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10

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 Thorney Close Primary School on 20th March 2017