Eighteen Year 8 pupils took part in a MAPP Day visit to the Medina Mosque, Southampton recently. This is the first time that any pupils from an Island school has visited this newly constructed Mosque near St Mary's Road which can hold up to 700 Muslims at Friday prayers. Pupils were invited to explore and ask questions on the features of the main prayer hall (some of which could be answered by Year 5 pupils who have been looking at the features of a Mosque and know why a mirhab and minbar are important in Muslim worship). Pupils were able to visit another three Mosques in close vicinity as well as a 'halal' food store. Anas Al-korj, the Mosque's Public Relations and Community Development Manager, talked with the pupils and answered questions about why some Muslim women follow 'hijab' which are the recommendations concerning modesty, sometimes in the form of a head covering. Other topics were Muslim beliefs following a death and how Muslims are portrayed in the media. The day enabled pupils to begin to understand the Muslim way of life and hopefully challenged some stereotypes. Anas was extremely impressed with the questions some of the pupils asked and has said 'they were a wonderful group'.