Courageous Advocacy at St. Sebastian’s
“Love your neighbour as yourself” Mark 12: 29-31
We are courageous advocates for the common good, locally, nationally and globally. We recognise that life is full of ups and downs and that at times all people will face challenges that they need help and support in overcoming. We believe that people are worth spending time with, that people need time to grow and need loving attention. The Christian Gospel says that every person has a unique task to do, with God, and for God, whether they know it or not. We hold and courageously advocate the conviction that there is something mysterious, and potentially wonderful, in everybody.
We support a range of charities in our local area, nationally and globally. The faith school council work with staff, governors, parents, pupils and St. Sebastian’s Church to identify worthy causes to support.
Our school stands up for what we believe. We have met with Local Councillors and local Police to raise issues of significance to the school community, including road safety around our school. We are also part of the Stay Safe Project. The mini police have fed back to children in collective worship. Every class has a community project each term. We look to actively make an impact in the community in which we live. For example, we attended the opening of the local clock pelter statue at the weekend with the local Parish Council.
Our Christian values ensure that opportunities to discuss the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present. We aim to widen children’s horizons and help them to see the positive impact they themselves can have on others worldwide.
In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising to support many good causes, some of which include:
- Grantham Food Bank (for local, young homeless people);
- Samaritan’s Purse;
- Sports Relief;
- Comic Relief;
- Children in Need;
- Alzheimer’s Charity;
- World Vision Aid;
- The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
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:
- Links with Local Care Home and local residents (reading; Christmas carols; learning about life in the past…);
- Funding from Rotary Club for well-being Garden;
- Pupil Parliament involvement with visit to Houses of Parliament and elections within school;
- Developing links with schools locally, nationally and internationally (to learn about the similarities, differences & how we can help support/develop each other through these);
- Working with the Lincolnshire Rivers Trust to support local river regeneration;
- ‘Donuts with Dads’ and ‘Muffins with Mums’(all relations were invited and celebrated);
- Gravity Fields Event – supporting Science in Grantham;
- Strong PTFA with community events such as Christmas and Summer Fayres, discos and film nights;
- Support for a range of groups such as Scouts and Guides; St John’s Cadets;
- School advertises and supports local events such as defibrillator training;
- Strong links with local pre-school;
- Head Teacher and teachers write in the local Paper to reach out to the community.