Manor achieves Global Neighbours Bronze Award – June 2019
From litter picks and growing bee friendly plants, to donating food for local people, we have been working really hard this year to act as good global citizens.
We are really excited to let you know that we have achieved Bronze Award status in Christian Aid’s Global Neighbours scheme in recognition of our wide-ranging steps. We have also discovered that we are the first infant school in Hampshire to achieve this. This is a tremendous achievement which has been made possible by the way in which the children have responded to opportunities given to them within the school curriculum.
Global Neighbours across the Curriculum
As part of our commitment to ensure that all children are able to develop their critical thinking skills about the world around them and to discover the interdependence of the world around us and how we can all have an impact, making a positive difference, Manor’s curriculum ensures that all children have opportunities to think about their role as Global Neighbours across all aspects of the curriculum.
Year 2 supports Toilet Twinning
Yellow Class have raised £63 towards their chosen charity – Toilet Twinning. On 3rd July they organised a Toilet Twinning Fayre with lots of toilet roll themed activities.
Money raised helps some of the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe sanitation, clean water and hygiene education. Yellow Class are supporting Toilet Twinning’s vital water and sanitation work, helping to do something about the fact that 2.3 billion people don’t have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the loo. Yellow Class have twinned one of our toilets with a toilet in Malawi.
Year 1 supports Phoebe’s Family
In Red Class children have voted to support Phoebe’s Family, a charity that supports an orphanage in Kenya. The children have been working with Sandra who leads the UK charity support.
The charity currently runs an orphanage for 100 children and young people and provides education for over 400 children from the ages of 4 -20 years.
Year R supports the Wildlife Conservation Network
In Blue Class children have voted to support the Wildlife Conservation Network. They are planning an animal cookie sale. The WCN protects endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people co-exist and thrive.
Our Planet Protectors ensure that in our school, energy is not being wasted unnecessarily. Each day, the children make sure that lights and whiteboards are not being left on when classrooms are empty. They have also been checking that each class has a recycling bin and that it is being used correctly as well as making sure that if the heating is on, windows are not being left open. They Planet Protectors have set up a recycling station in the main entrance to the school where families can recycle used batteries, old pens as well as plastic bottle lids that are sent to the company Lush.
Our very active School Council have had another very bust year supporting local charities. Throughout the year they donate food to the Waterside Foodbank and last Easter we were able to donate enough Easter Eggs for all of the families that the charity supports.
‘On behalf of Waterside Foodbank and its clients, thank you so much for the donation of Easter eggs. It has been a real blessing to be able to give an egg to every adult and child who has come to Foodbank with a voucher for an Emergency Foodbox.’
This year we sent an amazing 65 boxes to the Mustard Seed Relief Mission. We talked to the children about the impact that their gifts will have this Christmas.
Being a good global neighbour is more than just feeling sorry for people who are suffering from misfortune - it is about making a difference to their lives. One way this can be done is through courageous advocacy.