EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is seeking to recruit an Adviser in Religious Education (Secondary Schools) (Part-time, 2 days a week). Salary negotiable, depending on experience. More:

The Role:

The RE Secondary Adviser provides support, advice and development opportunities for staff within Catholic schools to enhance the delivery and quality of Religious Education across the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. The postholder is responsible for curriculum development of Religious Education in Catholic Schools (RERC), offering regular CPCL opportunities, developing materials to support sacramental preparation and the implementation of “God’s Loving Plan”. The postholder also contributes to national and Diocesan developments in co-operation with the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES). The promotion of Catholic ethos and the strengthening of teaching standards is integral to the role. The post is part-time, 2 days per week (14 hours).

Applicants:

You must be a qualified secondary school teacher holding a Catholic Teacher’s Certificate with at least five years’ experience and educated to degree/masters level. You must also have an excellent working knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence in RERC and a proven track record in developing curriculum resources. You must be able to develop and provide CPD opportunities and website resources, be an effective team player who can work in schools and at national level and also be committed to working within and supporting the values and ideals of the Archdiocese.

The role is based at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 1BB.

Applicants should submit a CV with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role, marked “Strictly Private and Confidential”, to morag.buxel@staned.org.uk or by post to: Morag Buxel, Interim HR Consultant, Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 1BB.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 5 February 2018

Interviews will be held on 12 February 2018.

For a full job description and person specification click here. Informal enquiries can be emailed to: morag.buxel@staned.org.uk

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh is seeking to recruit an Adviser in Religious Education (Primary Schools) (Part-time, 3 days a week). Salary negotiable, depending on experience. More:

The Role:

The RE Primary Adviser provides support, advice and development opportunities for staff within Catholic schools to enhance the delivery and quality of Religious Education across the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. The postholder is responsible for curriculum development of Religious Education in Catholic Schools (RERC), offering regular CPCL opportunities, developing materials to
support sacramental preparation and the implementation of “This Is Our Faith” and “God’s Loving Plan”.

The postholder also contributes to national and Diocesan developments in co-operation with the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES). The promotion of Catholic ethos and the strengthening of teaching standards is integral to the role. The post is part-time, 3 days per week (21 hours).

Applicants:

You must be a qualified primary school teacher holding a Catholic Teacher’s Certificate with at least five years’ experience and educated to degree/masters level. You must also have an excellent working knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence in RERC, experience of teaching “This Is Our Faith” and a proven track record in developing curriculum resources. You must be able to develop and provide CPD opportunities and website resources, be an effective team player who can work in schools and at national level and also be committed to working within and supporting the values and ideals of the Archdiocese.

The role is based at the Gillis Centre, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 1BB.

Applicants should submit a CV with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role, marked “Strictly Private and Confidential”, to morag.buxel@staned.org.uk or by post to: Morag Buxel, Interim HR Consultant, Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9
1BB.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 5 February 2018

Interviews will be held on 12 February 2018.

A full job description and person specification is available on the Archdiocese website www.archdiocese-edinburgh.com . Informal enquiries can be emailed to: morag.buxel@staned.org.uk

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DIOCESAN PRIESTHOOD 2018: Are you thinking about Diocesan Priesthood? The application process for 2018-19 is now open. Last year, a total of 14 young men from across Scotland entered seminary. This year, could it be you? We’d be delighted to hear from you.

To mark the opening of the application process, Bishop John Keenan of Paisley and Sancta Familia Media have teamed up to explain why embarking upon the path to priesthood could be "the best step you'll ever take".

For further information on applying for the Diocesan Priesthood please contact the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, Fr Michael John Galbraith, at Vocations@staned.org.uk or 01334 472856. Likewise, visit priestsforscotland.org.uk.
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WORTH A READ: This week’s Scottish Catholic Observer tells the true-life story of the young Malawian man who went from being a street child in his home country to studying at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and was, this month, received into the Catholic Church.

20-year-old Gift Thompson was Baptised, Confirmed and received his first Holy Communion on Sunday January 7, the Feast of the Epiphany, during 9.30am Mass at St John’s Church in Portobello, Edinburgh. Congratulations Gift! The full story is reproduced below:

• Celebrations as Malawi’s Gift to Scotland is received into the Church at St John’s by Amanda Connelly, Scottish Catholic Observer, 19 January 2018.

A young man who went from living on the streets of Malawi as a child to a university student in Scotland recently celebrated an occasion to remember, as he was received into the Church

20-year-old Gift Thompson (right) was Baptised, Confirmed and received his first Holy Communion on Sunday January 7, the feast of the Epiphany, during 9.30am Mass at St John’s Church in Portobello, Edinburgh.

Mr Thompson, who has been studying sociology at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh for the past six months, came to Scotland through STEKA, a Malawian charity that helps to provide sustainable futures for children and young people in the southeastern African country who are vulnerable or homeless.

Mr Thompson was a ‘street kid’ in Malawi, who found shelter along with 65 other children at the STEKA Care Home, run by Godknows Meseko, who also lived on the streets as a child, and his wife Helen.

The grassroots charity is led by Mr Meseko, with STEKA developing an innovative model for the past 10 years to give young people sustainable futures, providing a family care home and supporting others to live in their own homes.

Mr Thompson is currently living with QMU lecturer Emma Wood and her family in ­Portobello, after she learned of the charity through her daughter.

Ms Wood’s daughter was working in Malawi for 18 months with STEKA, and on a visit to see her daughter she met ‘inspiring’ young people who spoke of their ambitions, which were ‘fantastically high despite only one per cent of the population in Malawi having the opportunity to go to college or university.’

Mr Thompson is the second student to be hosted at the university on a scholarship, with 23-year-old Sandra Ndale ­studying at QMU for six months last year, who was able to develop her film-making and photography skills which she is using back in Malawi to give a voice to others like her.

“By studying here with us, we believe that Gift will forge connections and relationships which will help STEKA thrive into the future,” Ms Wood said. “And we also know, from experience, that he will enrich our students’ experience and learning.

“Our partnership has led to profound ‘real-life’ learning and personal development of staff and students. During reflections, students have talked about the importance of family, the meaning of community and resilience, what a privilege education is and how to recognise and value their powerful position in the world. It has inspired QMU staff and students to come together to support STEKA and it’s great for morale to know that our QMU community can make a difference like this.”

Mr Thompson’s godparents were Kathy Gallagher from the RCIA group and Chris Jones from the St John’s Music Group, both groups within the parish with which Mr Thompson has been involved with since coming to Portobello.

His reception into the Church was a source of great joy for those within the shared parish of St John’s and St Mary Magdalene’s.
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PRO-LIFE COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY: Are you 18-35, a committed pro-lifer and a passionate communicator? In 2018, SPUC Scotland are seeking to identify and empower "Communication Champions" to build a better society where the rights of all are respected.

“The parishes of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh have, for many years, produced numerous brave and eloquent champions of the pro-life cause," explained Michael Robinson, Director of Communication and Campaigns for SPUC Scotland, 18 January.

"Now, with the establishment of a new Communications Academy, we are looking to help the next generation learn how to communicate that same message within the contemporary media landscape."

SPUC Scotland is offering sponsored places at their Communications Academy on 2 and 3 March in Dumbarton, where you will learn advanced techniques in communications and media skills. Interested? To apply, send your CV and a short covering note to michael@spucscotland.org by 2 February 2018.
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