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Courageous Advocacy

Courageous Advocacy

“Love your neighbour as yourself” Mark 12: 29-31

 At St Ann’s we believe we our role as Christians is to be 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 the conviction that there is something mysterious, and wonderful, in everybody.

We support a range of charities in our local area, nationally and globally. The school council work with staff, governors, parents, pupils and St. Ann’s Church to identify worthy causes to support.

Our school stands up for what we believe and 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. Through Collective Worship, RE, English and our Lunar Curriculum, children learn about inspirational people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Corrie Ten Boom, William Tyndale and many biblical role models.

In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising to support many good causes, some of which include:

  • STAR Day – range of different local and global charities supported and chosen by the children each year
  • ACE – African Children’s Education
  • St Helens Food bank
  • The Children's Society (an annually supported charity as part of our Christingle workshops and celebrations with St Ann’s Church);
  • NSPCC;
  • Macmillan;
  • The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Willowbrook Hospice
  • Our Warm Welcome

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 Stephenson Resource Centre and Cedric House (choir sing Christmas carols;
  • EYFS children present their Nativity Play at Reeve Court Retirement Centre in Rainhill Village
  • Y5 participated in Rocket Celebrations
  • Values Ambassadors enjoyed from playing Bingo, chatting and socialising with members of St Ann’s Forget-me-Not Dementia Support group
  • Support of charities of significant to our children
  • Pupil Council involvement with Citizenship Ceremonies in the local area;
  • Eco-Warriors team recycled all the Easter Egg boxes in conjunction with Biffa
  • Town Troopers went bag-packing to help members of the community
  • Developing links with schools locally, nationally and internationally (to learn about the similarities, differences & how we can help support/develop each other through these).