Courageous Advocacy

"What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" Micah 6:8

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

At Christ Church CE school, we recognise that occasionally life can be extremely challenging and that all people, including our friends, family and global citizens will encounter hardships which they will require help for in order to overcome them. At Christ Church School, we inspire our children to be ‘courageous advocates’.

We believe that striving to become outstanding courageous advocates builds children’s resilience, teamwork, courage and independence. It develops their understanding of the wider world and how they can assist to make it a better place. This will empower our children to flourish in every aspect of their lives and reach their full potential.

We believe human beings are created by the same God who created the entire universe and everything in it. To look after the Earth, and thus God's dominion, is the responsibility of all God’s stewards.

We embrace the Church of England’s vision for education, one that is, ‘deeply Christian, serving the common good’, encompasses the whole of humanity and its context advocating for the widening of horizons and the promotion of human wellbeing for all.

Our vision, distinct Christian values and British values and our broad and balanced curriculum at Christ Church, ensure that there are regular opportunities to discuss current worldwide issues. This is so that the children can challenge injustices and engage in activities that can bring about change. Here are a few examples:

  • All year groups have a global focus studying conflict and peace, fair trade, migration and refugees, sustainability, rights and responsibilities and identity. We are committed to developing citizenship in preparation for life within the local, national and global communities and engage in social action for change and our pupils embrace it.
  • In RE, Science, Topic and PHSE lessons there is a focus on Big Questions. The emphasis is on how can they, as children of God make a difference to the world we live in. Issues of global significance and ecology of the world are studied and discussed. For example KS2 studies the Amazon Rainforest, Climate change/Deforestation/impact of the climate crisis on people's lives.
  • Children explore Global Connections in our daily life (PSHE), Year 5 has been focussing on Fairtrade disadvantage, deprivation. In Global Learning in Art and Design textiles - pupils explore inequality/exploitation/deprivation in the textile industry).
  • Collective worship themes include International days which support equality such as International Women’s day, International Peace day, Armistice day, Kindness day, World toilet day, Holocaust memorial day, World water day, Black History and much more.
  • Courageous Advocacy day

Community Action Projects

Sparkbrook Sparkle Project - We took part in litter picking in the local parks as part of this project.

Junior PCSO Programme - To help the community become a harmonious place and challenge injustices which take place in the community e.g. inconsiderate parking around school, parents parking on zig zag lines and disabled parking spots and fly tipping.

I Can Be Project - Year 3 girls at Christ church took part in the project to increase the visibility of wider job opportunities for girls and women in variety of work places for girls in under privileged areas. This taught the girls that they can do whatever they want to do in life and not be held back by any social injustices and prejudice.

Sustainable Schools Programme - We were the only school in Birmingham to be awarded the Platinum award. Children organised various projects. This included organising recycling stations (cloth, food, batteries and card) around school to encourage the community to use and recycle); lead energy saving workshops for the local community; and litter picking every year.

Global Learning Programme - We are recognised as an expert centre co-ordinator for the Global Learning Programme and act as a local hub for the GLP.

Christ Church Primary School Choir - the choir shared their talent in the wider community.

Courageous Advocacy Week - During this week, Year 4 wrote letters to the Local MP raising their concerns regarding the amount of homeless people in our area and what they could they do to support.

Charity Support

We have a long tradition of supporting charities at Christ Church CE. We aim to inspire courageous advocacy and instil our Christian Values in the whole Christ Church Family. This includes participating in, as well as organising, fundraising to benefit a wide range of causes, including locally, nationally and globally. Some of these include:

Cancer Research - In support of a staff who was battling cancer.

Mind Charity - Challenge the injustices faced by people who face mental health issues.

 

Islamic Relief Clothing Bank - School community donates clothes and shoes to Islamic relief.

Christian Aid - With the help of a grant from Christian Aid, a young girl was able to transform her fortunes in flood-hit Bangladesh.

Soccer UNICEF - June 2018, Christ Church raised £322 for Soccer Aid which could provide a water pump for a whole village or school in countries such as Swaziland. Soccer Aid is a well-known charity who help UNICEF to help more children than any other humanitarian organisation. They provide life-saving food, vaccines, clean water and protection from violence to millions of children around the world.

Water Aid - Provide worldwide safe water and sanitation.

Sparkhill Food Bank - Donated to the homeless in the local community.

 

BCM Harvest Collection - Donated to the homeless in the local community.

Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child initiated by our EYFS. In the midst of a global pandemic, the lives of children and families have been turned upside down and the need is greater than ever before. By sending a shoebox gift with Operation Christmas Child, Christ Church children will be sharing God’s love and showing a child they are special and thought of.

Homelessness One - Initiated by our Year 4 Pupils in order to tackle the fight against homelessness in Birmingham. Homeless One® provides services to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Save the Children - Whole school initiative.

Children in Need - Year 6 fundraiser.

MiSP - Year 5 initiative to support mental health in schools.

QE Hospital Charity - Year 1 initiated a fundraiser after learning about Florence Nightingale.

Toilet Twinning - Year 3 fundraiser to help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene.