At Boughton-under-Blean & Dunkirk Methodist Primary School, we teach all members of the school community that they have an important part to play in impacting and changing the lives of others, in particular those who are less fortunate than we are. For this reason, we regularly complete fundraising activities in school to support a variety of causes. Below is a list of some of the causes, which we have recently raised money for.
-Education for the Children
-Sports/ Comic Relief
-Spikes Hedgehog Sanctuary
-Children in Need
In addition to being aware of the importance of raising money for others, we aim to instil an understanding of the importance of behaving in a way which shows a deliberate intention for good. Children often choose to initiate their own projects in addition to being provided with the opportunity to complete good deeds organised by the school. Below are just a few examples of the good which takes place as a result of members of our school community.
-A new set of swings was purchased in the village park as a result of a Key Stage 2 pupil starting a project to raise money to fund these. She approached the parish council and shared her idea and raised £800 to help fund the swing set. The school supported her fundraising by holding cake sales and by publishing her mission.
-In the academic year 2018-2019 Year 4 completed a litter pick on the beach at Seasalter. In addition to this, the class wrote letters to local supermarkets urging them to reduce their plastic waste and the amount of plastic packaging they use.
-A reverse advent calendar is set up in the foyer at Christmas time where all members of the school community contribute goods each day which are donated to a local foodbank.
- We have an active Family Liaison Officer who, in addition to many other acts of deliberate good, has sought support from local charities including the Salvation Army who provided Christmas presents and a food hamper for a family in our school who were in crisis.
-KS2 pupils write postcards to elderly residents of care homes across the country as part of the #postcardsofkindness scheme. The children do not expect replies but it is always a treat when we receive one! This scheme aims to reach members of the community who may not have many visitors and to show that people care for and value them.
-The well-being of all members of the school community is of a high importance and children have developed their understanding of what is meant by a positive mental health as a result of well-being week held in July 2019 and the introduction of our well-being room which is open 3 lunchtimes a week. Children have learnt strategies to help manage their own mental health and to improve their own well-being.
At Boughton-under-Blean & Dunkirk Methodist Primary School, we recognise that we have a duty to educate the children and the wider school community on current environmental issues and how we can help alleviate some of the damage being caused to the environment. We are a Community Collection Point and as part of this collect used batteries which are then recycled and disposed of safely. We also collect crisp packets which are then recycled. We took part in Climate World Strike Day, 20th September 2019, which enabled children to develop an understanding of global warming, recycling and sea pollution. In addition to gaining an understanding of these issues, children also made pledges based on how they will act differently in order to help reduce the negative impact on the environment. This is also the key focus for our school councillors this year.