It's been great to work alongside chaplains in recent weeks who are gearing up for being involved in their local schools, helping them with their Religious Observance (RO) programme. The curriculum requires RO events throughout the school year and, in the last two or three years, I've been working on material which allows pupils to explore themes such as respect, giving, consumerism, justice, friendships, etc.
This normally involves setting up a room or large space at school and having various 'stations' for them to visit and, through multi sensory activities, find out about a Christian worldview on a number of issues and consider their own response. School management teams have welcomed the input from local chaplains and have appreciated the time and creativity that has gone into these events. It's been brilliant to hear of schools allowing chaplains space in the school to develop this work.
There are lots of ways to be involved in local schools - lots of good ideas (large and small) can be found on the Serve Your Local School website.