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. Our school choir are regulars at key community events in the village including carols at St. Barnabas and the senior citizen luncheon. We raised money to purchase a defibrilator for the school to increase the number of available units for community use in the village. The children have all been trained in its use.
We also pay particular attention to 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
-Children in Need
-Royal Legion Poppy Appeal
-Save the Children
We also sponsor a boy in Guatemala. His name is Axel and he now attends school and is excited for his future. As well as fundraising for this, we exchange regular letters with him. More information about the charity which enables us to do this can be found using the link at the bottom of the page.
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 Y6 pupil ran a stall at the Summer Fayre to raise funds for Dottie’s Hedgehog Hospital.
-A number of year groups completed a litter pick on the beach at Seasalter and in the local area. One class wrote letters to local supermarkets urging them to reduce their plastic waste and the amount of plastic packaging they use.
-Creating artwork to share with refugee children in Calais.
-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.
-Donations of items to send to Ukrainian refugees displaced as a result of conflict.
- 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 families in our school.
-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 regular work in PSHE as well as our annual Wellbeing 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. Year 3 learned about the effect of plastic pollution while attending Wild Estuary sessions at Seasalter beach. 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. We have an active gardening club for KS2 pupils who grow their own vegetables and learn about sustainability. The school is part of the Plastic Free Schools Project. We are currently working at stage 4 of 5 (Challenging Industry). Reducing plastic waste further is a key focus for our school councillors this year.