RME is taught by Mrs Mckale, and all secondary pupils are given the opportunity to think about the big questions…….to respect each person’s right to have their own faith or to have instead a secular view of the world. Learners explore the lives of some great human beings and some major faiths such as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism as well as faith and cultural celebrations throughout the year. Each young person and their individual faith or non faith or cultural background is respected and the classes are a great way to share ideas for peace, helping others, the work of charities, caring and sharing. The use of expressive arts approaches enlivens the RME experience.
Senior phase RME learners at Kaimes also commendably organise a variety of charity events such as collections and assemblies for Mary’s Meals, The Teenage Cancer Trust, and the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home.
2nd year RME/DRAMA is integrated to include some role play opportunities around investigating the lives of Jesus, Mother Theresa and John Muir the ecologist. To provide proper balance and perpective……other world faiths will be explored in May and June as will secular approaches to living a good and helpful life. All points of view will be respectfully accommodated, and encouraged in an atmosphere of deep listening and finding out what matters to live the good life. To find out what matters to people. To enjoy some great stories.
3rd year RME/DRAMA is integrated and the topic is all about Ethics, and approaches to PETS and ANIMALS. We ask why are creatures important and valuable . What responsibilities do ALL humans have regarding wildlife, sea creatures, farm animals zoo animals and pets etc. We will enjoy reading stories from the Bible Torah and Koran as well as some Buddhist stories about animals. We shall learn about the SSPCA and the good work of other animal charities and what inspires people to care for creatures.Expressive arts approaches will be used also.
Looking at THE BIG QUESTIONS in life is exciting….human beings whether religious or non -religious all want to think about where do we come from, why are we here, how do we promote a just society and how do we become more compassionate human beings? The first thing we do is learn more about emotions and feelings, how to handle these aspects, how to use them wisely, how to have ‘my say’ and at the same time listen respectfully to others.To value differences. To find ways to help society, by selecting a charity event to support and develop. [ Last year we helped Marys Meals and the Cat and Dog Home and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
5th years are busy training in Emergency First Aid an SQA unit at level 5. This is an invaluable life skill, and for anyone interested can lead to further training as a First Aider who can use these skills at work, as a volunteer in the Red Cross or St Andrews Ambulance Society, or can even provide a first step in a care/health career. The learners have an excellent set of models and equipment to enable them to learn cardiac massage, cpr, resuscitation methods, and how to deal with burns falls fractures bleeding choking head injuries and nose bleeds ….and more! There is an ethical/RME dimension to this first aid work as learners will discover how the Red Cross operates in a neutral way in many situations across the globe, protecting their values of Humanitarian Action for All Humans in Need.