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The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award
Our children have been extremely fortunate to have taken part in the Archbishop of York Trust Key Stage 2 Award for the past 3 years. However, as we are always striving to promote and provide opportunities to develop understanding of the part we can all play in supporting our community and society to flourish, Miss Harkin attended training on 'Developing Leadership and Character through Social Action.'
On Thursday 16th January, Miss Harkin attended training delivered by The Archbishop of York Youth Trust on 'Developing Leadership and Character through Social Action.' This explored how, by providing experiences that draw out character from within each child, social action allows children to flourish as individuals (building their team work, confidence, compassion and respect for others), in turn resulting in a flourishing society.
It also reiterated the value of the Young Leaders Award, completed by our Year 3 children, in helping to develop young people who are passionate about the world around them, who are considerate to others and who stand up for the injustices they see in the world. In giving the children a deeper understanding of the issues faced by people in our society and how they can help, we teach our children that they have a voice and can be the change that they want to see in the world.
Inspired by this training, each Year 3 class will complete a different social action community project this year as part of the award, after considering the local, national and international issues most important to them. We are excited to see what our children will choose to tackle and the impact this will have on the wider community!
Click here to find out more information about The Archbishop of York Youth Trust.
We are delighted that our Young Leaders work will be showcased at the Young Leaders Awards Conference on 12th October. The Conference will focus upon “The Impact of the YLA in Schools”. Our children have identified in the quotes below the impact being involved in young leaders has had on them.
Taking part in this award was fantastic and I would recommend it highly to anyone. The ethos and underlying principles of the award allowed us to explore important and relevant issues in our community and truly develop our children’s sense of care for others. The children were passionate, participated enthusiastically and what’s more, they have continued to show their acts of kindness towards others. The impact of the award on every day teaching has been terrific- the level of in depth discussion spills out across the curriculum and lends a deeper understanding and empathy to a variety of scenarios and areas of study. Our children have a more confident awareness of their role in the community and indeed the wider world and they demonstrate a passionate dedication to improving and bettering our planet for themselves and others. Walking around our school, visitors are struck by the kind and caring attitudes of our children and this award allowed us to channel these wonderful attitudes in to good deeds that actually made a difference in our community. The impact of this award on community links was significant as both parents and our local church played a big part in supporting the children in their project. This made the award more real and the effect of their work more real. The children could see that they were having an impact. I firmly believe that these children will continue to have a positive effect on their community because this award showed them that they can. Before, they knew they wanted to make a difference, now they know it’s possible.
Community Awareness Programme (CAP)
Year 6 are making their first coat drop today. Thanks to our wonderful community of children, families and staff, Mrs Waddington's car is already full of coats to donate to CAP (Community Awareness Programme) in Wakefield this afternoon and there are many more to be loaded before we set off! As the temperatures drop, the homeless people of Wakefield need as much comfort and warmth as we can offer them- vital for their survival. CAP work with more than 75 people daily and will distribute the coats where needed. As always, we are proud of the generosity and care our school community shows.
We will be making a trip as often as is needed to offer our support.
Watch this space!
Golden Time - Courageous Advocacy
For the next three weeks, 6FW’s Golden Time Enrichment is Politics. They will be responding to the World Wildlife Foundation’s report for young people. Here is a snippet:
We already know that climate change threatens one in six species with extinction, that plastics could outnumber fish in the sea by 2050, and that an area of forest the same size as a football pitch is lost every two seconds. But WWF’s latest Living Planet Report tells us that wildlife populations globally have declined by 60% in less than 50 years.
These are shocking facts, but there is hope: we can reverse the damage and protect our planet for the future if we act now.
As part of our work on this, they will be recycling plastic to make models of endangered animals with a view to adopting an animal at the end of our sessions.
If you have any plastic needing recycling, please send it in with your child so we can make some fantastic models!
At the start of our Reverse Advent project- join us to track our progress throughout the month. Children across school are donating essential items which will be collected at the end of the month by St Helen’s to give to people in need. As our collection of donations grow, we will post pictures to show our progress. See the letter attached for advice on donations! All support is appreciated!
After two weeks, our shelves are overflowing with generosity! Two more weeks to go!