Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

One of the good things about be­ing a min­is­ter is the in­vi­ta­tions to take part in ac­tiv­i­ties at lo­cal schools.

And there is no hap­pier time to share in the life of our young ci­ti­zens than the end-of-year cel­e­bra­tions.

The tran­si­tion from pri­mary to se­condary is now much more elab­o­rate than many years ago.

There are leavers’ as­sem­blies, award cer­e­monies, proms, res­i­den­tial ac­tiv­ity weeks. There are days when the young folk get to visit the high school they will be at­tend­ing.

I think we are much bet­ter now at mark­ing the im­por­tant times of change, par­tic­u­larly in young peo­ple’s lives.

On the last day of term in one of our pri­mary schools a for­mer stu­dent comes in to play the bag­pipes, as the pupils who are leav­ing go out of the school and the rest of the school claps them on their way.

All of this is im­por­tant be­cause going to se­condary school is such a big step. The Rea­chout Trust, which works in many of our lo­cal schools, and the chap­lains spend a half-day with pupils in their fi­nal term at pri­mary run­ning a pro­gramme called It’s Your Move.

The pro­gramme helps the chil­dren to be ex­cited about the big changes com­ing their way, as well as ad­dress­ing fears and wor­ries for what is ahead.

Be­ing pos­i­tive about change and un­der­stand­ing where to look for help are im­por­tant things that all of us have to learn and mov­ing on is an im­por­tant part of the ed­u­ca­tion we give our chil­dren.

Only the hol­i­days stand be­tween them and the change they have pre­pared for.

We cel­e­brate with young peo­ple who have done so much to make their fam­i­lies and their schools proud of them and we wish them every suc­cess in the fu­ture. Rev Les­lie Mil­ton Cam­bus­lang Parish Church

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