Each year the children decide upon their class rules and the rights associated with these. All children contribute to the drawing up of the rules.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council can apply for funding from the school budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. Two of the council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Children have an annual questionnaire with which they are able to put forward their views about the school.
As a Catholic school, mutual respect is at the heart of our Mission Statement ‘Learning to Live to live like Jesus in all we do and say and learn'. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
We are situated in an area which is culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Our RE and EPR (Education of Personal Relationships) teaching reinforce this with world faith weeks twice yearly. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children may visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and EPR lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Prevent - Prevent is a recommendation from the Government for schools to help reduce the risk of pupils becoming radicalised and working to find ways to safeguard young people from extremism.
Prevent 'reduces or eliminates the risk of individuals becoming involved in terrorism. Prevent involves the identification and referral of those susceptible to violent extremism into appropriate interventions. These interventions aim to divert the susceptible from embarking down the path to radicalisation'. At St Mary's we are committed to the Prevent agenda and have adopted a school policy to ensure our staff are trained to identify and reduce the risk to our children and our community.
The Department for Education Prevent guidance document can be downloaded below.
Remembrance Day 2017
Members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch visited St Mary's on 9th November. Poppies, wristbands and other remembrance items were available for the children to purchase, and children and parents had the opportunity to meet these members of the charity and see their motorbikes. Many thanks to the group for giving up their time.