At Euxton C of E Primary School, we have a strong emphasis on encouraging our pupils to become courageous advocates locally, nationally and globally. They are actively involved in championing causes which are special and meaningful to them.
Life is full of ups and downs and, at times, all people will face challenges that they need help and support in overcoming. The Gospel tells us that every person has a unique task to do, with God and for God. Throughout all aspects of school life – from our Christian values which underpin our school vision, to our diverse and inspiring curriculum – we give children opportunities to discuss current world issues and emphasise the importance of challenging injustice and engaging in activities that can bring about change.
It is important for our children to appreciate their roles as part of both a local and a global community, to take responsibility and to foster an understanding of their impact and influence in the world.
Our fantastic school council are actively involved in seeking out the views of pupils and organising fundraising events. As well as this, individual pupils across school often use their own initiative to suggest ways in which we can be courageous advocates for others.
With the recent crisis in Ukraine, children have been keen to show their support for the people of the Ukraine. This has taken several different forms, from a pupil learning to play the Ukrainian national anthem and performing it in Worship; pupils planting sunflower seeds and creating window displays to support Ukraine; and a huge collection of donations for Ukrainian refugees – enough to fill two carloads!
School Council are keen advocates for Fair Trade, ensuring that farmers are given a fair price for their goods, enabling them to live a better quality of life. Each year, the School Council consider how best to draw attention to this initiative. This year, for Fair Trade Fortnight 2022, they decided to host a Fair Trade tuck shop to make children aware of which brands are committed to Fair Trade and they also set a challenge of ‘going bananas’ and asked children to decorate and bring in Fair Trade bananas to highlight the issue.
We have a close relationship with our partner school in Kenya, Mikoroshoni Primary School. Since two of the school’s trustees came to talk to the children about Mikoroshoni and the poverty that many of its children experience, children have been keen to help in any way they can. As a school, we sponsor the Friends of Mikoroshoni School Charity and the children recently decided they wanted to have a bake sale to raise money for equipment for the school.
Following discussions with the children about how Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ, they were keen to help those who are less fortunate than themselves and so decided to collect items for Chorley Food Bank that would enable local families in need to have a proper Christmas meal on Christmas Day. So that no one felt under pressure financially and following Jesus’ teachings , these donations were made ‘secretly’ under the Christmas trees in class and were then taken to Living Waters Church.
School Council also organised Harvest donations to be sent to Chorley Food Bank at Living Waters Church.
Inspired by a school Worship about the crisis in Afghanistan, the children on the school council sent a message out in the very first week of this school year to our school community, asking for donations, both food and non-food items to send via the ‘Care4Calais’ charity.
Through their engagement with the Inspire Schools initiative, School Council decided to help our local area by heading off into the local community to do some litter picking.
Year Four decided they wanted to help raise money to support our local church which is currently fundraising to replace the church roof. They organised a danceathon which was very successful as well as fun!
Staff and parents are also actively involved in being courageous advocates as we believe it is important for the whole school community to work together. As adults, we are the role models for our children and aim to inspire them to help build a better future for all.
Recent examples include the following: parents organising donations of food for Ukrainian refugees; staff raising money for Macmillan’s by holding an annual coffee morning; members of staff organising Christmas treats for grandparents because they were unable to come to our annual coffee morning this year due to Covid.