We at Kirkstall St. Stephen’s recognise the increasingly interdependent world in which our pupils live and the challenges this creates for our shared future. We want to prepare our pupils to be citizens of the world and also to have an understanding of the world-wide church that St Stephen’s Church is a part of. This is reflected in the attributes we aspire our children to attain - shown in the fruit of our values tree.
We aim to give our children opportunities to explore what it means to be a global citizen and develop responsible attitudes in order to work for a more just and sustainable world. Global education provides a real life focus for many curriculum activities and collective worship themes.
Micah 6:8 "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
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. Pupils are passionate about the environment and have written to the manufacturers of Walker’s Crisps asking them to change their packaging so that it can be recycled. Our eco-council has worked hard to monitor our energy usage and encourages all of us to recycle and reduce single use plastics in school. The eco-council has also led us in a project to reuse school uniforms as part of Leeds West uniform exchange project. As part of this Year 6 learnt about the impact of fashion on the environment and made rag rugs as a fun way of exploring how to reuse materials. “We have had a sustained commitment to Fairtrade and, in this past year, pupils were able to meet a farmer from Sierra Leone to hear more about the difference the Fairtrade premium makes to his community. They also attended a Fairtrade celebration event at Leeds Civic Hall, as well as asking catering staff in school to use Fairtrade products. We took part in Christian Aid’s scheme because it gives us a practical way of living out our school value of justice.
Year 6 and eco council have discovered how much clothing goes into landfill and also the cost to the climate of making clothes. As a result we now take part in the west Leeds uniform exchange, doing our bit to help Leeds become a zero carbon city.
Two members of global club joined children from across Leeds for a fun afternoon of workshops on fairtrade and the global goals. We played a game looking at how we can protect our oceans (global goal - life below water) and also had a go at making jewellery out of magazines as they do in Uganda. We came back enthused about making our own climate game to share with the children in our school.
Members of global club went to Abbey Grange high school to meet Roisin, a fairtrade cocoa farmer visiting the UK for fairtrade fortnight. We asked her what life was like as a cocoa farmer. She said " It is very hard work, I get up at 4am to walk 8 miles to my field. You have to watch out for snakes, scorpions and it can be very windy. However now I can sell my products through fairtrade it means I can support my family and send my 5 children to school. Through the fairtrade premium we have a new well and solar panels for electricity" The Abbey Grange students had prepared some great activities for us to learn more about fairtrade. We had a great time! There are more photos on the global club page.
Here are global club (with help from Reception and year 1 as trees!) delivering a collective worship on how buying fairtrade can help farmers look after the rainforest in West Africa, thus preventing deforestation.