At St Philip Westbrook Church of England Primary School we all work together to achieve our vision of ‘Together we aim high and with God’s love we can fly.” Christian values are at the heart of our teaching and learning and we encourage all of our children to put these values into practice in every aspect of school life. Our values are:
“Values such as fellowship, perseverance, trust and compassion are firmly seen in pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils know these are fundamental values for a caring cohesive society and understand how these underpin the school rules.” Ofsted Report 2018
Christian values of fairness and fellowship, carefully selected by the pupil ethos team, exude an uncompromising mission for Christian compassion. Pupils are impressive in their ability to quote biblical references relating to their school’s vision and values. They apply these beliefs to all relationships and attitudes to work. Consequently, behaviour in school in excellent and academic standards in all subjects are high.’ SIAMS 2019
Our Christian values, and our fundamental British values, also lead our daily worship. Together we further develop our understanding and explore their meaning, applying them to our own lives.
As part of the excellent Christian education we offer our pupils at St. Philip’s, we aim to give our pupils the opportunity to engage in social action and help them to understand how they can challenge injustice. This is called ‘courageous advocacy’. When we use the term ‘courageous advocacy’ we are referring to the act of speaking out against an issue of injustice, often on behalf of those whose voice is not heard. Speaking out, at whatever level this takes place, requires an element (and sometimes a great deal) of courage!
One way we do this is to encourage our children to consider the the climate crisis debate and we invite them to think about what they can do to protect our natural environment. Our pupils consider the threats to the environment and the action they could take to make a difference. In the video below, you will find information about the courageous advocacy work we have done to ‘speak out’ about the damage we are doing to the natural world and the climate.
Our school has also been featured in the media for the work we do in protecting the natural environment. We featured in an episode of Countryfile and were visited by the BBC’s Matt Baker. One of our children also reached the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, performing poetry which aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Teaching Courageous Advocacy takes high priority at St. Philip’s. We believe that, by encouraging our children to consider important issues and the action they can take, we are producing citizens with the potential to change the world. One of our pupils was so inspired by the environmental work we did when he was in reception, he chose to speak out as a true courageous advocate by entering Britain’s Got Talent. Aneeshwar firstly appeared on the show and reached the grand final; he then took his courageous message further. In the video below you can see Aneeshwar’s appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2022.
In Year 4 we have been learning all about air pollution and the effects on our health. As a class we wrote a letter to our MP Charlotte Nichols and Miss Buckard will be presenting it to her at the Clean Air Symposium in Warrington on Friday 31st March 2023. We also hope that our video will be opening the conference so that Councillors and MP’s can listen to our concerns and help us to be courageous advocates.