We currently work in 11 primary schools and 3 high schools. Our workers have face to face contact with over 5000 young people every year. We deliver Religious Observance (Time for Reflection) events like faith days. We are key members of the chaplaincy teams offering pastoral support to young people and teachers. We run a project called It’s Your Move which supports young people making the transition between primary school and high school. We provide support for school residential events when our workers are invited along. We support teachers and young people who attend the additional support needs high school and provide opportunities for these young people to integrate with their peers through our own run residential events.
As part of our work with Schools we would endeavour where possible to be a part of a chaplaincy team consisting of local ministers and anyone else the school has invited to be part of it. Where there is not an existing team we try to set up a new chaplaincy team in consultation with the Head teacher and at their agreement or request. We try to support these teams by providing opportunities for informal training, help in preparing Religious Observance(RO)/Time For Reflection(TFR) events and encouraging creative thinking around ways that they can best support the schools they work with.
The function and role of Chaplains in a school can be defined under the following headings…
To be a pastoral support to staff and pupils.
To be part of the religious observance team.
To deliver religious observance events if and when appropriate.
To be a resource to the RME department if required.
To be involved in the wider life of the school community.
To be available at times of extreme crisis and tragedy.
Religious Observance / Time for Reflection
Religious Observance, or RO, provides opportunities for the school community to express and celebrate values which are considered common human values; - gives the school community time to reflect upon a variety of traditions and viewpoints as well as other stimuli such as literature, art and music; and - provides opportunities for the community to reflect upon values, beliefs, commitments and hopes which are implicit in being human. Many non-denominational schools refer to RO as Time for Reflection. This helps to describe the type of experience that the learner can have through engaging with issues and events as part of RO. RO takes different forms and educational establishments are well placed to take account of their own particular contexts when planning RO. The aims of RO are:
To promote the spiritual development of all members of the school community
To express and celebrate the shared values of the school community.
To be relevant and meaningful for the whole school community.
To contribute to children and young people’s learning and personal development in engaging and creative ways.
Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff
This is a two our event designed to unpack the events of the nativity, to look more deeply at the meaning of Christmas and as an authentic and age appropriate introduction to the theological theme of incarnation, of God’s love coming to us in human form.
The Aims of Bubblegum ‘N’ Fluff are:
To Encourage Primary 6 pupils to learn about the meaning behind the Celebration of Christmas.
To help pupils to better understand the situation into which Jesus was born and the expectations people had for him.
To reflect both on what comprises the “fluff” of Christmas, and what is the central theme of Christmas.
To see waiting and expectation as positive aspects of life.
To personally reflect on what hopes and dreams we have for Christmas time.
To foster and strengthen links between local primary schools and churches.
To build better relationships with school staff.
This is a two hour event designed for Primary 7 pupils as a natural progression from “Bubblegum ‘N’ Fluff”, helping pupils to understand the repercussions of Jesus life, ministry and teaching.
The Aims of Easter Code are:
To encourage Primary 7 pupils to learn about the meaning behind the celebration of Easter
To connect the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, and to build on ‘bubblegum n fluff’
To help the pupils to better understand the background to the final events of Jesus life
To give the pupils an opportunity to experience and participate in key events remembered during the Church’s ‘Holy Week’
Through the Easter story to uncover five areas of personal experience and development.
To foster and strengthen links between the local primary schools and churches.
To build better relationships with school staff.
Families and Schools Together (FAST)
This is an award-winning early-intervention programme organised by Save The Children, that brings parents, children, teachers and the wider community together, to make sure children get the support they need to fulfil their potential at school – and in life.
FAST aims to support families by:
helping children improve their skills in reading, writing and maths – as well as encouraging good behaviour and a positive attitude to school and learning
helping parents get more involved in their child’s education, so they can support learning and development at home
encouraging stronger bonds between parents and their child, their child’s school, other parents and the wider community.
We currently support FAST in one of the local primary schools as a community partner.
It’s Your Move
This is a two hour event designed to prepare primary 7 young people for their move to High school. It uses video clips, music, crafts, quizzes and storytelling along with opportunities for questions to give young people the space to think and reflect on their move.
The Aims of It’s Your Move are:
To Support Primary 7 pupils as they prepare to move to High School.
To encourage each pupil to reflect on how they are feeling about their move to High school
To give each pupil space to ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have.
To support staff in primary schools as they prepare their pupils for this move.
CEOP’s “Think U Know” Programme
CEOP are the child Exploitation and online protection centre. They provide training and education resources for practitioners to use with children and young people to increase their understanding of online safety.
CEOP’s Think U Know programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters - to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of our educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off.
We deliver think you know in primary schools as requested. We also deliver other lessons for younger people and parents information events.
By Delivering Internet safety presentations, we aim to:
Help young people enjoy being online whilst staying safe.
Increase awareness of the dangers of being online
help young people to consider the seriousness and consequences of Cyberbullying.
Help young people consider carefully what they post online.
Make sure young people have their privacy settings set correctly and to help them to think about who is really a friend.
Give parents advice about how to support their young people to be able to be safe online.
Provide parents with information about the dangers of being online and increase awareness of what young people do online.
Support Schools by helping to educate their pupils about online issues.
Lunch Time / After-School Groups
We help to organise and support volunteers to run lunch time and after school groups in schools across Cambuslang and Rutherglen. These groups offer young people opportunities to explore the Bible and the Christian faith through games, quizzes, stories and reflective activities. Weekly groups take place in several local schools. We also run a programme called Friends and Heroes which lasts for an hour and runs for 6 weeks after school. It is designed to give young people in schools where there isn’t currently a regular weekly group the opportunity to attend this sort of event allow volunteers to see if they might be willing to be involved in running a weekly group.
We aim to:
Provide young people opportunities to explore the Bible and the Christian faith.
Provide a fun and safe environment for young people to come along to.
Support volunteers by regularly visiting the groups we aren’t involved in running each week and providing resources and training opportunities.