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Courageous Advocacy

As a school, we are proud to support many charities, both local, national and global, giving our pupils a chance to look at world issues and a voice to discuss them and be a part of the solution.  These charities are chosen by the children, led by the Pupil Leadership Team. Children are encouraged to reflect on the needs of others and actively involve themselves in fundraising.

Over this year, our chosen charities are as follows:

  • Oxygen - local New Malden charity supporting children and young people with mentoring and emotional support, with a charity shop in our high street 
  • Momentum - Charity working across our region of the UK supporting families with children with cancer or life limiting conditions
  • Unicef - Global charity supporting children across the world who are affected by poverty or conflict

We have supported these charities through introducing these charities through collective worship in the Autumn, having a bucket collection day just before Christmas, with children ‘choosing their bucket’.

Then, over Spring and Autumn, we have held three ‘Charity Tuesdays’, with representatives from our chosen charities visiting the school, and explaining more about the work of their charity in collective worship.

As part of ‘Charity Tuesday to support Oxygen, our Pupil Leadership Team visited the Oxygen Charity shop in the high street, to see the work they do. When supporting Momentum, we had a visit from ‘Mini-Mo’ the Owl for children to meet and have photos with. 

At Christ Church, pupils learn about developing their own courageous advocacy, such as: 

  • Our Year 3 and 4 children lead the work in putting our Harvest Service together and leading the talking, acting and singing.
  • Promoting our ‘reverse advent calendar’ initiative at Christmas, which ensures lots of produce is donated for local food banks.
  • Some of the iShare Learning themes we cover over the year encourage children to consider their courageous advocacy, such as ‘Communion’ (Spring 2024), thinking about the wider community beyond what we know and ‘A Fair Share’ (Autumn 2024), focusing on the meaning of justice and responsibility in the world.
  • A recent iShare theme, ‘Windows, Mirrors and Doors’ (Summer 2024) also promoted the message of opening doors to bring change to the world, and encouraged children to lead one small change in their life or in their community.
  • Our choir perform for local community groups, including churches and a local widows’ group
  • On both of our sites, children take responsibility for litter picking, including our Year 2 ‘Clean Playground Champions’, who work on a rota basis to keep our playground tidy.
  • We regularly celebrate, through class time, newsletters and in collective worship children’s own achievements in fund raising or awareness raising for different causes, to share with the whole school community.
  • A new school-written RE unit for Year 6 regarding aspects of courageous advocacy introduced in our curriculum this year, in which children have researched their own charities that are important to them and shared this research with other year groups.