RE - Eyes on religious observance

21st January 2011 at 00:00

The Church of Scotland is inviting schools to submit entries for the Stevenson Prize to encourage excellence within the fields of religious observance and religious education. It was established in honour of the Rev Dr John Stevenson, general secretary of the church's education committee from 1992-2000.

The purpose of this year's prize is to encourage innovation in the implementation of the Scottish Government's circular on religious observance - circular 12005 - which defines religious observance as "community acts which aim to promote the spiritual development of all members of the school community and express and celebrate the shared values of the school community". The full circular is available at

A prize of pound;500 will be awarded to a primary, secondary and special school.

Entries may be submitted in any medium; examples include:

- folders of work describing school assemblies and activites relating to religious observance;

- DVDs showcasing the work of pupils;

- PowerPoint presentations.

The terms of the competition are loosely defined to encourage creativity by pupils and staff. The judging panel is looking for creativity or innovation; pupil involvement; and evidence of how religious observance has contributed to pupils' development.

Entries should be posted or emailed by the end of March to: Agnes Mullen, Church and Society Council, Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN; E:

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