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Section 3: Character Development, Hope, Aspirations and Courageous Advocacy

‘I can do all things through God who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13

At St Michael’s Church School, we aim to give children aspirations for themselves and hope for a better future in the local and the global community. We support our children to recognise the world is moving and how to embrace and action change when needed. We support our children to develop perseverance and resilience (two of our school values) to overcome barriers to their learning, life styles and choices. We help our children to be courageous and ask big questions, developing an understanding that not all questions can be answered, whilst supporting them to continue to ask more.

At St Michael’s, we believe it is important to support the community and participate in charitable activities to promote our school values of friendship, compassion, faith and responsibility. Over the years, we have raised £693 for Children in Need, £264 for Age UK and £83 for MacMillan Cancer Care. Amazingly, we also managed to raise £290 for United World Schools Charity by 'Walking a mile in someone else's shoes'. The children at home learning and in school walked a mile every day in order to raise money for a charity who support children that walk a mile or even longer every day to get an education.  

At St Michael’s, we aspire for the children to be the best they can be by making positive changes and choices about the way we live. As an example, during science week we focused our whole school project on Saving Planet Earth. We examined how the world has become damaged and what we need to do to make changes. We looked at our school, developing an Eco Council to develop changes in our school, from the amount of electricity we use to, reducing the amount of plastic at lunchtimes.

At St Michael’s, we have learnt about the poverty and struggles of the people in our community and town. For several years we have donated to Peterborough Food Bank to provide food and basics to those in our community who cannot afford to eat. The children were surprised to learn how many people use the service. Since then, as a school, we have become a distributor of Food Bank vouchers for those parents and children who need to use the service.

For our Harvest Festival and at Easter, we have given food and monetary donations to 'Mary's Child' charity which is connected to our church - St Michael's. The charity supports and helps people local to our school such as Cardea, Stanground, Farcet, Fletton and wider community to provide food and toiletry packages for those who struggle in times of need. The children learnt about the importance of 'those who have, should share with those who have not'.  

Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge 2021, focussed on 'Hope for the Future'. At the time this was launched many of our children were learning at home with a small amount in school. We 'hoped' all of our Church School family be reunited and this time stay in school. We wanted to live and learn together to 'be the best we can be' in order to 'work with all out heart, as though working for the Lord' (Colossians 3:23). Our response to the challenge was a video entry, where children in school learnt BSL signing, a dance and sung together as a choir to a song called 'Hope' by AllStars. Please enjoy and embrace the wonderfully beautiful, uniquely made and incredibly talented children of St Michael's Church School. 

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