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Entries in chaplaincy (2)


Rights Respecting Award

Primary and secondary schools across Scotland are beginning to engage with the processes of the ‘Rights Respecting School Award’ (RRSA).

This UNICEF initiative is being heavily promoted by the Scottish Government and fits well with the capacities inherent in Curriculum for Excellence and the current schools’ focus on issues such as Restorative Justice, Health and Wellbeing, and Citizenship. Based on the UN Charter of the Rights of the Child, it encourages schools to bring staff, pupils and community together to explore rights and responsibilities as well as to create core values and ethos for a school. It’s an ideal area for the involvement of chaplains, Religious Observance teams and churches. 

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Enhanced Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy: “the oddly-dressed stranger parachuted into a school for the hit-and-run ritual of a god-slot tucked between a raft of notices and a bawling-out, listened to by no-one and connected to nothing”

However,  we can and must be so much more. So how do you see yourself? Fulfilling an anachronistic role, or incarnating Christ in the school world?

A chaplain may be the one person every under-18 in an area sees both in the corridors and classrooms of their school and in the streets and homes of their community. Uniquely, the chaplain may also be the only individual who transitions with them from primary to secondary school. What a strategic place to be in!

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