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Courageous Advocacy

What is a courageous advocate?

A courageous advocate is someone who supports, champions and speaks up for a cause that is important and meaningful to them. Courage is needed to persevere and stand up for something or someone you believe in, to make a difference.

At Bonners CE Primary School we want to support and encourage our children to become courageous advocates, not just locally but nationally and globally.

At some point in life we will all face challenges and need support to help us overcome these barriers. We teach our children that is important to help others regardless of where they come from or what their challenges are. We teach this in many ways; through our work on values, by links to the Bible, other faiths and world views as well as learning about other courageous advocates. We want our children to have confidence to discuss and debate big ideas, to challenge injustice and engage in activities that can bring about change on some level.

It is important for our children to appreciate their role as part of a community; to take responsibility, to be able to look after themselves and foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world. Our pupil governor pupils is one example of how our children have opportunities to implement change and make a real difference to the world around them.

In recent years we have carried out fundraising to raise awareness of issues and support those working for change, including:

  • local foodbank
  • Sports relief
  • Comic Relief
  • Children in Need
  • Disaster Relief Committee Turkey
  • Funds for Ukraine
  • Shoe Box appeal 
  • Royal British Legion
  • Race for life

We aim for our children to develop an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with this belonging. We need to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it:

  • links with local care home and local charities
  • support for charities of significance to our children and families
  • School pupil governors and whole school gather groups who seek views of the children, giving a voice to concerns and plans
  • Our FOBs lead community events such as Christmas fairs, pumpkin competitions, Book sale events, quizzes and socials, uniform sales and support for our whole community.
  • Year 5/ 6 worked on a project to enhance a community space within the village.
  • School newsletters supports local events and community information sharing
  • working collaboratively with other Village Primary Schools
  • Being a plastic clever school and taking part in a national survey
  • Taking part in Roar enterprise project giving pupils an opportunity to think big and positively change the world