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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:29

Chaplaincy Project News

Steve Younger writes with updates on the National School Chaplaincy Initiative...

 

On 22nd October CVE launched the National School Chaplaincy Initiative. The event was held at Denny High School by kind invitation of Stephen Millar (School Leaders’ Scotland). Andy Bathgate of Scripture Union Scotland chaired the meeting which also heard an address from Joe Walker (Curriculum head for RME and Philosophy, Education Scotland) speaking on the place of ‘Time for Reflection’ within Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. Other contributors included Angela Lockhart (Deputy Head, Calderside Academy), and representatives of CONNECT and of local schools.

Steve Younger shared the findings and recommendations from his doctoral research into ‘Time for Reflection’ and spiritual development within the Scottish school curriculum. This highlighted the findings from interviews with parents, policy-makers, practitioners and pupils across Scotland concerning their experiences of Religious Observance. Time was also spent in small group discussions centred around key issues and questions: What would training and accreditation of school chaplains look like? Share an example of the best ‘Time for Reflection’ event you have experienced. What problems have you encountered with school chaplaincy and ‘Time for Reflection’? Where does Time for Reflection fit within Curriculum for Excellence? What resources would you recommend for chaplains and staff to deliver quality RO/TfR?

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The event was followed immediately by a ‘tour’ of the north-east of Scotland in partnership with the Church of Scotland ‘Guilds Together’ roadshow. At Forfar (23rd Oct.), Fraserburgh (24th Oct.), and Stonehaven (25th Oct.) each day began with input to the ‘Guilds Together’ meetings.

Saturday, 24 November 2018 09:56

Introducing the God Question to Borders schools

Introducing the God Question is a high-quality series of 6 half hour T.V. Episodes, produced in Scotland, with contributions from world renowned experts on both sides of the God/science debate. The package comes complete with a full set of classroom materials, linked to Curriculum for Excellence and certificated Religious Education, for both nondenominational and RC schools: Find out more here.

On Friday 2nd November, RE departments in every school in Borders Council were presented with a complete set of resources which will allow them to build this superb series into their curriculum comprising. The package comprises

  • Introducing the God Question DVD box set
  • 8 Study Guides
  • Teacher's Guide.

The prime mover in this very successful initiative is Graeme Donald. Graeme brings a wealth of experience, as a retired senior education officer, Chair of the CVE Scotland Chaplaincy Support Project, and Convener of the Church of Scotland's Education Committee. This exciting initiative has been made possible by Melrose and Peebles Presbytery which funded the resources. School budgets have been severely reduced in recent years, and this generous support was perhaps the only way of ensuring that teachers and pupils receive these valuable resources.

Initial reaction to the resources has been very positive: "All teachers were very interested in the series - especially for senior school (S5 and S6) but also for some S4 pupils studying for certificated RMPS," Graeme explains. "Teachers commented too on the need for something similar for P7-S3." Some of the schools already plan to use the materials with groups of up to 50 students.

There is a real opportunity here for churches to support schools and really help young people to challenge the myths that "science and religion don't mix." And the Borders are paving the way: "We are now approaching local churches to see if they could help fund additional copies that local schools need," comments Graeme.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 16:52

On a roll!

Our Training and Networking events for School Chaplains are on a roll. The highly successful Training Day in Perth (opened by Karen Reid, Perth & Kinross Chief Executive) was followed by another successful event last week. 

19 School Chaplains came from right across Lanarkshire to the GLO Centre, Motherwell. Rev Steve Younger, our Chaplaincy Support Worker, shared a presentation on CVE Scotland, 'Time for Reflection' and spiritual development within Curriculum for Excellence. Delegates also enjoyed small-group time, working through some of the issues and questions that school chaplaincy throws up. And of course there was a chance to get our hands on the latest resources, including Steve's own excellent publications!

Would you like a Training and Networking event for School Chaplains in your area? To chat through the possibilities, e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 11:54

Roaring Ahead!

Brechin Crossroads Storytellers Drama Club have a really exciting programme of outreach to local schools. Drama classes (at the end of the school day) are being run in Brechin High School and Maisondieu Primary School three days a week, as well as in the Cathedral Hall.

Church of Scotland Go for It funding is providing sponsorship. They're having lots of fun, there are lots of rehearsals and soon you will be community performances of dramatized Bible Stories.
Find out more at https://brechincathedral.org.uk/bcs-drama-club/
@churchscotland @GoForItCofS

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:55

Our Senior Administrator has begun work !

 

The warmest of welcomes to Victoria Myles who has joined the team as our Senior Administrator. Victoria comes from a background of teaching in secondary schools and administrating for charities in England and is delighted to provide support and networking to further Christian values in schools. Victoria, her husband, and their two sons live at Scripture Union's Alltnacriche centre and she is a regular volunteer on SU events. She would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like more information about any of CVE Scotland's work. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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