What is a courageous advocate?
A courageous advocate is someone who champions a cause which is special and meaningful to them.
At Rowsley Church of England Primary School we have a strong emphasis on encouraging our pupils 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 it is important to help others when we can no matter who they are, where they come from or what challenges they may face. We teach this through the teachings of the bible and learning about other courageous advocates. To emphasise the importance of being a courageous advocate our three classes are named after three modern day courageous advocates: Sir David Attenborough, Malala Yousafzai and Rosa Parks. Our Christian values and carefully planned opportunities in our curriculum ensure that the children regularly discuss and debate the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
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 & to foster an understanding of their importance, impact and influence in the world. As part of this we are working towards our Global Neighbours acreditation.
We support a range of charities in our local area, nationally and globally. The school council work with staff, governors, parents, pupils and St. Katherine's Church to identify worthy causes to support.
In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising to support many good causes, some of which include:
• a local food bank (Jigsaw);
• Sports Relief;
• Comic Relief;
• Children in Need;
• The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Our children have an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with belonging. Thereby developing their ability to empathise and make a small sacrifice to benefit others. Together we consider the beauty and fragility of our environment, the actions we take, and the impact these actions may have on the well-being of everyone. Our school community and curriculum actively embraces a responsibility for the world in which we live. We are diligent to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it:
Examples of courageous advocacy by members of our school can be found on a display in school and below: