Personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is our key priority. We believe that it is important to ensure that every young person in school feels more confident and able to live in, and contribute to, our ever changing Global World. Our Christian values and core beliefs, which underpin everything that we do in school, make pupils and staff positive contributors to the communities where they live and have respect for the differences that exist between people.
As they journey through school, children take part in a number of events in the local community which help to develop their spirit of giving: they make and serve soup at the Methodist Church’s Lent Soup Project; they collect Christmas gifts for children in local hospitals and hospices and they fundraise for the Burley-Tereli link. Last year, at the pupil’s request, they organised bake sales to raise money for mosquito nets for War Child and Africa.
Our curriculum and residential programme allows us to develop the children’s understanding of global issues and challenges. Activities on residentials reinforce the school messages of stretching and challenging yourself. It also provides a further context for children to learn about themselves, each other and reflect upon this aspect of their personal development
Participating in initiatives such as Bastille Day celebrations develops our pupils’ global awareness. We are applying to be a Fair Trade School to teach children the importance of paying a fair price to producers. We encourage our pupils to see things from different perspectives.
In Autumn 2016, the School Council received a gift of £100 from Mrs Hood, who was retiring. The council decided to donate £100 to two very deserving entrepreneurs in the third world, through a micro banking scheme called DEKI. Through the scheme Milly Okuja and Amos Monareng can develop and expand their businesses so they can help their families have a better life and help pay for their children to go to school!
We are hoping that the two businesses will be able to repay their loan. This would mean that we could start to see a return on our investment, and we can then re-invest the money into other people’s businesses.