Courageous Advocacy

A Caring Christian Family Where We Grow Together
Let Your Light Shine ~ Matthew 5:16

We believe that our whole school community has the potential to be advocates of change, and therefore we encourage them to take responsibility for leading this within the school community and wider afield.

Our whole school connected curriculum provides us with the opportunities for social action and where appropriate to challenge injustice.  For example, during the study theme ‘What a Waste’, the children looked into the problems of single-use plastic, and from this they took social action, which included: writing to the local MP, principal and governors to ban plastic straws in school.   As a result we now order large juice cartons and glass milk bottles.   The milk and juice are poured into cups to reduce the amount of plastic we use in school.   There are also recycling bins in the playground.   In the past, individual children have advocated for specific things to improve our community such as dog waste bins around the village, posters to reduce the speed that cars travel past the front of the school and safer parking around the school.

Each class learns about courageous advocates from across the globe, both past and present, that have faced injustice and overcome barriers in order to help others for the greater good.     As part of their learning, the children reflected on what injustice these courageous advocates have faced and how they changed the world for the better.   

Otters’ Class (EYFS): Jesus, Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III 
Hedgehogs’ Class (KS1): Wright Brothers, David Attenborough, Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong, Mae Jemison
Squirrels’ Class (Lower KS2): Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, The Pope, Desmond Tutu, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama
Badgers’ Class (Upper KS2):  Katherine Johnson, Stephen Hawkins, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Emmeline Pankhurst, Anne Frank, Captain Tom Moore

Courageous advocacy enables our school community to develop a greater awareness of the challenges others face in life and how they, as individuals, can support causes and make a difference in our school community, village and further afield.   

By encouraging our children to ‘let their lights shine’, we nurture their unique talents so that they can all have a future full of hope, whilst also providing hope to others.

We take time to reflect upon and appreciate how fortunate we are to be part of such a nurturing school environment, surrounded by supportive peers and staff, which allows us to live life in all its fullness and flourish as individuals. 

Supporting a wide number of charities, locally, nationally and globally, is an integral part of life at Warmingham CE Primary.    Children are active in choosing the local, national and global charities we support as a school through suggestions and our School Ethos team.

In recent years we have raised money for the following:

Local: St Paul’s Pantry a food bank in Crewe, St Luke’s Hospice in Winsford, Joshua Tree in Northwich 
National Charities: British Legion Poppy Appeal,  Children in Need,  Save the Children, NSPCC,  Comic Relief
International Charities: UNICEF, Christian Aid

We want our school and church to be beacons that shine far and wide, lighting up our region with the light of Jesus through our work, rest and play.   By learning about Christian values, by listening to the teachings of Jesus, and by following the example of Jesus, we say to every member of our community: let your light shine.