We at Kirkstall St. Stephen’s recognise the increasingly interdependent world in which our pupils live and the challenges this creates for our shared future. We want to prepare our pupils to be citizens of the world and also to have an understanding of the world-wide church that St Stephen’s Church is a part of. This is reflected in the attributes we aspire our children to attain - shown in the fruit of our values tree.
We aim to give our children opportunities to explore what it means to be a global citizen and develop responsible attitudes in order to work for a more just and sustainable world. Global education provides a real life focus for many curriculum activities and collective worship themes.
Micah 6:8 "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the bronze global neighbours award this year!
Our Global neighbour's award!
We are thrilled to be recognised for the work we have done as a whole school community to raise awareness of the extreme inequalities across our globe and perhaps more importantly, the steps we can take to address these. The pupils learn about global issues regularly and gain an understanding of injustice in our world. Pupils are passionate about the environment and have written to the manufacturers of Walker’s Crisps asking them to change their packaging so that it can be recycled. Our eco-council has worked hard to monitor our energy usage and encourages all of us to recycle and reduce single use plastics in school. The eco-council has also led us in a project to reuse school uniforms as part of Leeds West uniform exchange project. As part of this Year 6 learnt about the impact of fashion on the environment and made rag rugs as a fun way of exploring how to reuse materials. “We have had a sustained commitment to Fairtrade and, in this past year, pupils were able to meet a farmer from Sierra Leone to hear more about the difference the Fairtrade premium makes to his community. They also attended a Fairtrade celebration event at Leeds Civic Hall, as well as asking catering staff in school to use Fairtrade products. We took part in Christian Aid’s scheme because it gives us a practical way of living out our school value of justice.
Christmas cards for B:Friend
Children in years 1-4 made Christmas cards for the charity B:friend, which works with isolated old people. The cards went into Christmas day bundles, the old people said their favourite part of the bundle was the card from the children.
This Autumn term members of global club in year 4 have looked at the global development goals and in particular number 6 (clean water and sanitation). We asked the school to help us twin our toilets and told them all about it in a collective worship. We have also made peace doves for the Christmas tree and played a faritrade game about gingerbread ingredients (and enjoyed decorating our own biscuits!) See the photos below.
We have been hearing about COP26 in our collective worship. Lots of children are now making prayer boats to send to COP26 which is a Christian Aid initiative. Some have drawn pictures of eyes and we are going to send them to Boris Johnson with the message that the eyes of the world are on the leaders at COP26. We made a tree of promises for the hall - on one side the children wrote their own pledges and on the other they wrote messages to the world leaders.
Our Intergenerational project
This is our latest project where year 5 will be linking with Headingley nursing home. The children are very excited about the opportunity to get to know some local people from the older generation. They have lots of ideas of things they might do together and teach each other. So far they have just written postcards introducing themselves and are looking forward to hearing back from the residents.
Our 90kg rice challenge
In 2020 we undertook the challenge to selll 90 x 1kg bags of rice from Malawi - this is the amount of rice it takes for a farmer to send his child to secondary school for a year. We rose to the challenge by writing to our friends and families encouraging them to buy rice, some children made rice stress balls and others made rice pictures. Thanks to an amazing team effort ee achieved our target, this was not easy as school was heading into lockdown!