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.