COOL has several main elements to its work including school assemblies, lunchtime clubs in the high school, Friday night youth group, organizing youth weekends and holiday time activities, to name a few.
We are passionate about community working together for the good of the community, and therefore, COOL works alongside organisations such as local Churches, local primary schools and high school and local youth organisations.
COOL is delighted to partner with Plockton High School and 11 primary schools in the area, Lochcarron, Applecross, Plockton, Glenelg, Loch Duich, Auchtertyre, Kyle, Kyleakin, Broadford, Sleat and Elgol, providing curriculum contributions and opportunities for pupils to explore values and faith from a biblical perspective.
- We visit most of the primary schools once a month during term time to deliver Religious Observance assemblies as part of the Curriculum for Excellence for schools. We endeavour to base these on topics that the schools are using and aim to enable pupils to develop their own understanding of values and beliefs.
- We have been involved in the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools award with several of our schools which really helps children to explore what their rights as a child are. It also teaches them how other children around the world might not have access to these rights as they should.
- We are pleased to assist in any activities for a school to achieve its RME outcomes as part of the curriculum. One programme that we offer is the Bible Alive resource by SU Scotland. This exciting tool allows pupils to explore the Bible through story-telling, drama, music, and much more, and is delivered by one of our volunteers in one hour lessons over 5-8 weeks.
- SU groups within primary schools are a great way for children to meet to explore the Bible and respond to the significance of Jesus in a fun and safe environment, during a lunch break. If you want to know about groups running near you, would like to see a group start in your local primary school or would like to volunteer to lead one, please get in touch.
- We work with the school to deliver Religious Observance assemblies to fulfil part of their Curriculum for Excellence outcomes. These are formal times when the whole school, or a section of the school, meet as a school community to express and celebrate their shared values.
- We are excited about our clubs that meet in the school to enable young people to meet and create a safe space for them. Our Schools and Youth Worker is on hand at all these times and very happy to speak with the pupils or answer any questions they may have.
- Monday lunchtime group is for those who have an interest in, or would like to find out more about, the Christian faith, as we study a part of the Bible together and eat our lunch together.
- Wednesday breaktime ’60 Seconds Club’ is a space to come and spend a little time to pray.
- Wednesday lunchtime ‘COOL Club’ is a safe space to come and play games while enjoying some delicious hot chocolate and other delightful snacks!
- We are pleased to work with the RMPS department and assist in any way we can for the school to achieve its RME outcomes as part of the curriculum. We are also very pleased to be involved in other school community events such as team building exercises and the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative which empowers young people to make a difference in their local communities.
COOL is committed to seeing young people learn more about the Bible and responding to the significance of Jesus. We are excited to see young people have a desire to explore more about their faith in Christ, to learn more of the Bible, and to learn and develop skills to help them live as Christ would.
Our weekly Friday night ‘Timmy Time’ meets throughout the school term at 7:30pm and is a great place for young people to meet up with friends, sing, pray and delve into the Bible together. It is really encouraging to meet like this and know that Christian friends can help and support each other in their faith.
We also encourage our young people to get involved in SU Scotland’s Go Conference and COmMISSION events where they can meet other Christian young people from all over Scotland at the same stage of life as each other.
It’s great to get away for a weekend, to have a change of scenery, to escape the stress of school, and even better when there is amazing food and great activities provided! COOL partners with the local churches to organise residential events for young people that enable them to have a great weekend away while meeting to praise God and learn from His Word, the Bible.
We currently have three residential trips that we organise each year
- The Alltnacriche Youth Weekend takes place at SU Scotland’s Alltnacriche Centre near Aviemore and is packed full of outdoor activities, wide games, time to catch up with friends, great food, exciting Bible teaching, discussion groups, camp fire or film evening and much more. It is held every February for P7 to S6 age pupils and is usually fully booked so keep an eye for the booking forms becoming available through the local churches or in the ‘Events’ section of the website.
- The Awakening Youth Conference Weekend is a trip over to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis to attend the Youth Conference organised by Martin’s Memorial Church. It is held at the end of March for P7 to S6 age pupils and has limited spaces so booking early is recommended.
- The Magnitude Festival Week is a trip to be part of the Magnitude event which takes place at SU Scotland’s Lendrick Muir Centre, near Kinross, at the end of July. This is a camping trip so its not for the faint hearted but it is a fantastic week with great fun, great teaching and worship, great food cooked camping style by our wonderful volunteer leaders and a chance to meet up with friends. This trip is for S4 to S6 pupils and can be booked via a form on our events page. Check our events page regularly for more details.
COOL partner with local churches to organise and run two weeks of Holiday Bible Clubs (HBC) during the summer holidays. Our first week is held in Kyleakin Village Hall where there can be over 60 children in attendance each day and our second in Inverinate Community Centre bringing children from Glenelg, Sheil, Dornie and the surrounding area. These run from Monday to Friday and are fun filled days with songs, games, crafts, drama, Bible stories and much more. These are open to children going into P1 and include children up to P7 leavers. Registration forms are available on our events page from the beginning of June.
In the evenings of the Kyleakin HBC and the afternoons of the Inverinate HBC, we help to facilitate a Youth Activity Week where young people from S1 to S6 age can enjoy a great variety of outdoor and indoor activities. It is a very informal time, eating together, getting to know the leaders, and learning from the Bible after each activity. Kyleakin HBC also organise a Family Fun Day in September to give the children something to look forward to when they go back to school.
COOL has a long history of taking a small group of young people on an overseas mission trip, allowing them to experience what it is like to live in a different, and often much more deprived, part of the world. They also have the joy of being involved in a project where they can see the difference it can make to help people. These trips help young people to have a different perspective on the world and they will learn so much about themselves in the process.
Details of our upcoming events and activities can be found here, or on the calendar over here.
If you’d like more information on any of the events please get in touch.