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A GROUP of Peterhead Chaplains hope to enrich the lives of the town’s young people with a series of new assemblies for the Academy.

Set up last term, the Chaplaincy Committee is open to all faith representatives in Peterhead and has been working with staff at the Academy to provide pupils with an ‘enriched assemblies’ programme.

Academy teacher Diane Ritchie said: “The Chaplains work together to provide our pupils with an enriched an thought provoking experience, the most recent being our Christmas assemblies which were thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff alike.”

The Christmas service featured performances from Zion’s rock band and the Salvation Army’s brass band while Mark Morgan encouraged pupils to ‘get real this Christmas’ by thinking about others.

“They did a brilliant job at Christmas time,” says Diane, “Yes, the assemblies are religious but it is not forced on them. It is really just a message of hope.”

The Committee are currently busy planning a number of special assemblies to take place over Easter, with the first and second years taking part in a service at St Andrew’s Church.

Motivational Speaker Jon Pritkin will meet with upper school pupils to discuss his difficult childhood and overcoming adversity through positive thinking.

Apex Church’s Youth and Community Pastor Daniel Sutherland said: “I’ve been involved with the Chaplaincy Committee since last Summer. We worked together to organise Christmas assemblies and are now looking forward to Easter.”

“The best thing about it is that all the different churches have been working together. We all have a common purpose.”

Any Chaplains interested in joining the school’s Chaplaincy Committee should contact Peterhead Academy on 01779 472231.