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Religious Observance and Education

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Values

The Nicolson Institute aims to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural values of its pupils, having regard to the values of the community, and guided by the recommendations contained in national and regional guide-lines.

Practice in Relation to Religious Education

“Whereas it has been the custom in the public schools of Scotland for instruction in religious subjects to be given to students...”

(Education Scotland Act)

We continue to observe this custom through the traditional one lesson per week. Parents may elect that their children should not receive any instruction in religious subjects by notifying the Rector in writing.

Practice in Relation to Religious Observance

Currently, the Scottish Government are consulting on Religious Observance.

“Scottish ministers consider that religious observance complements religious education and is an important contribution to pupils’ development. It should also have a role in promoting the ethos of a school by bringing pupils together and creating a sense of community”

(Scottish Executive Education Department - Circular 1/2005)

The aims of religious observance 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 raise awareness of values underpinning life’s varied activities;
  • To reflect on values, beliefs, commitment and hope.

Parents may elect that their children should not take part in such observance by notifying the Rector in writing.

Chaplains

The School currently has one chaplain - Rev I M Martin.

 
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