When we talk about community we are describing the learning community in our school as well as our local community.
The 2012 Olympic torch-bearers were an inspiration to us all – people that had gone that extra mile to serve others. All members of Northern Saints, children and adults alike are offered a range of amazing opportunities throughout their learning journey with us. These ‘rights’ are non-negotiable and cover aspects such as ‘every child should be given an opportunity to attend a wide variety of extra-curricular activities’ and ‘all parents should be given access to family learning programmes to help them support their children’s learning’.
But as Winston Churchill once famously stated “With opportunities comes responsibility” and we believe that as our children achieve their potential we also have a community responsibility to work and learn together and get the very best out of life. As part of their school life we expect our children and the adults around them to be part of our community programme. Children will learn about being good citizens through taught lessons but also through engaging in community projects e.g. litter picks and planting flowers in the local community. One of our sponsors, Sainsbury’s, helps us to do that by providing resources. Members of the community are regularly invited into school not only to see what learning has been going on but also to take part in leading some of our enhanced curriculum activities.
Don’t be surprised to see our children at the end of the school day selling the produce they have grown in the Eco-Garden, or a grandfather teaching a Design Technology lesson. If you see us in the City Centre collecting for a local charity or serving a pensioners lunch in our superb new dining block then just remember – it’s all part of our community responsibility.