What is a courageous advocate?
A courageous advocate is someone who champions a cause which is special and meaningful to them. At Audlem St James Church of England Primary School we have a strong emphasis on encouraging our pupils to become courageous advocates, not just locally, but nationally and globally.
At some point in life we will all face challenges and need support to help us overcome these barriers. We teach our children that it is important to help others when we can no matter who they are, where they come from or what challenges they may face. We teach this through the teachings of the bible and learning about other courageous advocates. Our Christian values and carefully planned opportunities in our curriculum ensure that the children regularly discuss and debate the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
It is important for our children to appreciate their role as part of a community; to take responsibility, to be able to look after themselves & to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world.
Our children have an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with belonging. Thereby developing their ability to empathise and make a small sacrifice to benefit others. Together we consider the beauty and fragility of our environment, the actions we take, and the impact these actions may have on the well-being of everyone. Our school community and curriculum actively embraces a responsibility for the world in which we live. We are diligent to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it:
In recent years we have carried out fundraising to raise awareness of issues and support those working for change, including:
Children in Need
Disaster Relief Committee
Royal British Legion
St Lukes Hospice
Macmillan Cancer Support
We aim for our children to develop an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with this belonging. We need to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it:
Links with local care home
Support for charities of significance to our children and families
School Parliament who seek views of the children, giving a voice to concerns and plans
Friends of Audlem who lead community events such as Christmas fairs, quizzes and socials as well as a successful campaign to win funding for Emotional Well-Being of children within school.
Year 5 led an initiative to improve our outdoor environment by contacting organisations to help and support the development work to improve and enhance our school allotment.
School newsletters supports local events and community information sharing