St. George`s Church of England Foundation School have embarked on a week-long “Community Week” that has resulted in a range of activities across their infant to Sixth Form age range. The idea was formulated through discussions between staff and pupils over a year ago when the vision was set to bring the school and the local community together through the school message of “Every moment, every day, every individual counts.”
The school is passionate about all its pupils, staff and community and is well known for the number of community groups that visit and use its facilities. The week is seen as an opportunity to bring the community into school as well as providing support in the local area. Events have included all year groups and have involved litter picking, visits from the RNLI, training from the Community Lifesaver groups, offering foreign Language lessons, prayer events, gardening, visits, and musical productions to care homes and two large afternoon teas at the school for older members of the community.
You will have seen large numbers of pupils around the local vicinity and may have even had your bags packed at local supermarkets. The school is proud to have had so many children involved and staff have found the whole experience rewarding. The children have taken an active part in setting up and organising the events and the smiles on the faces of the local community residents have been fantastic.
The school is aware that sometimes the pupils do not always make the right choices in the community but the event has raised the awareness of the impact that this can have on individuals. The school feel the event has provided the children with opportunities to give back to the local community and they have enjoyed every minute of it.
In the words of one visitor to the afternoon tea: “This has been the best afternoon I have had for a very long time, the children and staff are a credit to the school and I hope that I can experience the magic of another event really soon. Well done to all involved in a first class effort.”
The Community Week Co-ordinator Miss Berry said: “The feedback has been overwhelming and we hope that St George`s has managed to impact positively on an number of our community. Thank you for embracing us as a school.”