Global Justice at St. Mary’s Menston
Last updated: 17/03/2018
This section of our website aims to gather together and celebrate all the global development work that takes place through our school.
The Global Goals
The Global Learning Programme
St. Mary's Menston has been asked to become an Expert Centre for the Global Learning Programme (GLP) in recognition for their longstanding commitment to global learning. Global learning has been embedded into the whole school ethos, into the curriculum and is very apparent in the school environment. For this reason, St. Mary's has been asked by the GLP to work with other schools and is looking for primary and secondary schools to join their network and become a partner school.
Fairtrade at St. Mary’s Menston
St. Mary's are very proud to call ourselves a Fairtrade school. Through student led activities, setting up a steering group, promoting the use and sale of Fairtrade products and informing ourselves about the injustices that producers face around the world, we are continuing our public pledge to support Fairtrade.
CAFOD at St. Mary’s Menston
CAFOD are the official Oversees Development Agency for the Catholic Church of England and Wales, dedicated to educating young people about global injustice, responding to the challenges of global poverty and encouraging people to campaign against systems that keep people around the world poor.
We work in solidarity with CAFOD in supporting our brothers and sisters around the globe in eliminating poverty and injustice.
The Bambisanani Partnership
Bambisanani is the Zulu word meaning 'working hand in hand'. 'Bambisanani' aptly encapsulates the philosophy of the partnership which significantly now includes both The University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University as key members.
More than 180 pupils have now visited Mnyakanya School in South Africa.
Connecting Classrooms is a British Council funded project which invests in projects with teachers around the world.
The Noboa partnership consists of 3 schools in Leeds (St. Mary's Menston, Beechwood Primary and Corpus Christi High School), 3 in South Africa and 3 in Ghana. Noboa is a Ghanaian word meaning ‘weeding and helping’, where traditionally farmers cooperated and shared good practice for the benefit of all. The aim of the project is for teachers to get an idea of the issues affecting young people around the world and to celebrate and share the similarities as well as the differences
In school we have been producing work looking at the theme of Healthy Body:Healthy Mind, especially in Health and Social subject classes.
Our Connecting Classrooms co-ordinator at St. Mary's is Miss H Burton.
Global Justice News Stories
This summer saw forty five volunteers travel to one of South Africa’s poorest regions to expand the work of the multi-award winning Bambisanani Partnership charity.
On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Sixth Form student Tom Allan was awarded The Barbara Ward Award at the Celebrating Young People Awards Ceremony held at the Curzon Cinema in London’s West End.
FA Level 1 Coaching Course Achievement.
David Geldart, the founder and Chairman of the multi-award winning Bambisanani Partnership, was recently invited to speak at the Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australia.
David Geldart, Chairman of the Bambisanani Partnership has praised the work of volunteers and supporter in an end of year review.
A Stewardship Faith Morning was held in school on Tuesday 11 December for all students in Year 7 and 8.
St. Mary’s, Menston is delighted to announce that fourteen of their past and present students have been publicly honoured with the prestigious Diana Award.
By Matthew Speed and Rowan Wynn (Year 12)
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On Thursday 29 March, St. Mary’s welcomed Mr John Rolfe MBE from the British Council who presented the school with the International School Award.
Bambisanani Partnership - Inspirational Charity Launches New Book.
Inspirational St. Mary’s students receive award in memory of Princess Diana at Leeds ceremony.
St. Mary’s were recently invited to attend the Global Learning Programme Expert Centre Conference at the Hallam conference Centre, London.
Over the half term break, fifty Year 10 students took part in a four day residential trip to the Amalfi Coast, Italy. The trip was structured with the Geography GCSE course in mind to give students a hands on understanding of the processes of tectonics and tourism.
St. Mary’s have had their Fairtrade Schools Award renewed after a considerable amount of hard work from both staff and pupils.
Four St. Mary’s students were lucky enough to be a part of the Fairtrade Celebration Event which was held in the Banqueting Suite of Leeds Civic Hall on 9 March
On Thursday 9 February 2017, Year 13 CRS (Catholic Religious Studies) students devoted a day to looking at the environment.
Caitlin (Year 9) is the first student to complete all the tasks required to achieve the award.
We are delighted to announce that St. Mary’s has been awarded the British Council International School Award in recognition of our work bringing the world into the classroom.
Students came in their own clothes on Wednesday 29 June 2016 and the event benefited The Bambisanani Partnership and World Youth Day charities.
We have given much of the produce away as prizes for Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 activities.
The event will take place in our Staffroom and will raise money to help Simphiwe Ndlovu, our Bambisanani Teacher
By Luke Hudson, Year 13