At St. Andrew's we are courageous advocates for the common good, locally, nationally and globally. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. When using the term ‘courageous advocacy’ we are referring to the act of speaking out against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. Speaking out, at whatever level this takes place, requires an element (and sometimes a great deal) of courage! Becoming a courageous advocate for change, therefore, must involve being informed about an issue and it must move beyond simply knowing, to saying and doing. Educating for courageous advocacy must embody an ethos of action-taking, challenging injustice and becoming agents of change in the transformation of ourselves, our relationships and our communities from the local level to the global.
“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless” Proverbs 31:8
Being Courageous Advocates
Our school stands up for what it believes in. Our Christian Values of Friendship, Respect, Perseverance and British Values (Rule of Law, Tolerance, Democracy, Mutual Respect and Individual Liberty) ensure that opportunities to discuss current world issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.
- Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
- Annual Remembrance Service and Activities.
- Collective Worship planning.
- Equality: Black History Month.
- Junior PTFA.
- Politics – Speeches and voting for School Council members. Our School Council met with the Mayor of Shifnal to talk about how we could improve the facilities of Shifnal for young people.
- Whole school recycling.
- School newsletter supports local events and community information sharing.
Pupils take leadership roles seriously and see the value in being helpful around school. They have opportunities to become, for example, school councillors, play leaders and bronze ambassadors. Ofsted
At St. Andrew's, we understand that life can be challenging at times and that all people, including friends, family and global citizens will face difficulties that they need help to persevere with in order to overcome them. We aim to inspire courageous advocacy and instill our Christian Values in the whole community. To ensure that we and our community give, inspire and flourish together, we have been and are supportive of a range of charities in our local area, nationally and globally. Some of these include:
- Children in Need.
- Comic Relief.
- Sports Relief.
- The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
- Harvest Festival Food Donations and regularly collecting food and other items for Shifnal Food Bank.
We use Picture News because it provides opportunities for children to learn from our world and develop respect for other’s beliefs, feelings and faiths. It encourage exploration, discussion, challenge and inspire children to learn!