Holbeck Hill, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3BW
Scarborough School’s Work Tackling Global Poverty Recognised with Christian Aid Award
From tackling air pollution and climate change, to donating food for local people, pupils and staff at St Martin’s Primary School have been working hard to take their place as global citizens.
St Martin’s Church of England Primary School in Scarborough has achieved Bronze Award status in Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours scheme in recognition of its wide-ranging steps to love their global neighbour.
The accreditation scheme celebrates schools that are helping pupils learn about global poverty and the Christian responsibility to tackle it, as well as giving them the tools to play a confident part in creating a fairer world.
Headteacher Mrs Stephenson said: “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. As a community, we care passionately about caring for the environment. Our Junior Road Safety Officers have worked hard to encourage us to walk to school rather than drive. We have all been working to recycle and reduce single use plastics in school, and Year 3 children have written to supermarkets concerning plastic packaging, recognising that it is an issue that affects not only us here in Scarborough but the world at large. Our Go-Green team has also met with the local environmental sub-committee chair from Scarborough Borough Council to discuss plans for planting trees in school.
“We have a link with the Scarborough Fairtrade Foundation. A representative from the group visited school to talk to us all about Fairtrade. The children decided that, during Lent, instead of giving up chocolate, they would only eat Fairtrade chocolate! We also have regular visits from our friends at Christian Aid who tell us about our global neighbours around the world. In addition to this, we have also welcomed visiting teachers from Kenya which enabled children to find out about how life is lived in another part of the world. Pupils have been learning about examples of people who faced adversity and overcame this to be courageous advocates for change. These stories have challenged the whole school community to think about how each of us can make a difference in our local community and globally. We took part in Christian Aid’s scheme because it gives us a practical way of living out our school value of serving our global family.
“Our world is increasingly connected and our hope is for our children to grow as responsible global citizens who care about issues such as the environment and access to healthcare.”
Caroline Weir, Education Coordinator at Christian Aid, said: “The Global Neighbours Scheme was launched in partnership with the Church of England’s Education Office with a vision of helping young people understand more about the inequalities in this world and helping them to become courageous advocates for those who have no voice.
It’s wonderful to see how staff and pupils at St Martin’s have taken this to heart and are seeking to tackle injustice.
“Christian Aid is also looking to recruit more volunteer teachers locally to go into schools to help us deliver the scheme. If you have experience of working with children and are excited about inspiring a new generation of agents of change, we would love to hear from you!”
Any primary school in England can join the Global Neighbours scheme. There are three levels of accreditation: bronze, silver and gold. These are verified by independent assessors, who look for evidence across five areas: school leadership, teaching and learning; collective worship and spiritual development; pupil participation; and community engagement.