In the recent Pray for Schools Scotland update we interviewed a Head Teacher from a primary school in Dunbartonshire. This is what he shared:
Can you tell us about your school?
The school is a small primary in a 'deprived' area where there can be many challenges such as alcohol and drug abuse. Despite this, the school is a community school where children feel safe and all of the staff are committed to seeing them thrive.
Have you seen encouragements since coming into post?
One of the recent initiatives we have taken forward is FAST (Families and Schools Together), a programme funded by Save the Children that works to strengthen a family unit. School staff, parents and members of the community (including a local minister and SU Scotland volunteer) worked on an 8-week programme within school where families would come for a time of fun, spending quality time together and sharing a meal. It is a research-based project that had extremely positive results. An official report showed that parents felt relationships within their family had improved in many different ways, and relationships between the school, parents and members of the community also became stronger. It has also been great to have an SU Group start at the school. My mother-in-law comes into the school every week to run the group (and boss me about!) and it is our most popular after-school group! SU Scotland regional workers also come into the school to lead assemblies, and over the last few years we have seen a number of children come along to SU Holidays.
What can we pray for you?
Give thanks for these encouragements. Prayer in the following areas - not just for me, but for other head teachers - would be appreciated:
- Wisdom in the daily challenges that arise in school
- Help to be a strong Christian leader full of integrity
- For the children that are attending the SU Groups
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