Global Justice at St. Mary’s Menston
This section of our website aims to gather together and celebrate all the global development work that takes place through our school.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
At St. Mary's Menston we encourage our school community to learn about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). We believe that everyone should have their basic needs catered for and we have a responsibility as global citizens to ensure this happens.
St. Mary's are looking at the MDGs in Religious Education through the Developing Countries unit in Year 9. Awareness continues to be raised of the injustices with food through our Fairtrade status.
The MDGs are educating us about these needs and encouraging us to speak out to ensure all these goals are met for all people.
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 for “working hand in hand” and aptly encapsulates the partnership between the two schools.
More than 160 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
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
Caitlin (Year 9) is the first student to complete all the tasks required to achieve the award.
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
All pupils who go to St. Mary's are eligible to vote because our school is in Leeds!
The first ever Bambisanani Quiz Night will be held in school on Friday 11 March 2016 in the Main Hall from 7pm–9pm
Young Citizen Awards presented by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman
The total raised so far from the Student Non-Uniform on Friday 20 November is £856.00, we thank all who supported this worthy cause.
There is also a clothing appeal.
Our Newman Group are selling the special Advent calendars in school.
Mrs North: "If any students want to attend then they need to see Mrs Findlay this week as she is going."
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day will take place on Friday 2 October.
The event will take place from 3.30pm to 5.15pm in the Main Hall (room M1). If interested then please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
St. Mary’s Menston has been recognised for its international contribution
By Benedict Kershaw, Head Boy
International Week was held in the week beginning 6 July at school and students in Years 7–9 had the opportunity to take part in lessons designed with an international theme.
Year 8 raised £375 to help the Sylvia Wright Trust's Hearing Aid project.
Fr Edu has played a crucial role in the aftermath caused by the Typhoon Haiyan. He is a passionate speaker on climate change issues.
St. Mary's Menston Year 10 pupils take part in the 29 June 2015 Event
All St. Mary's pupils study the life and legacy of Oscar Romero and we will pray for him as someone who lived the Gospel and who demanded justice for the oppressed. CAFOD's prayer written by our own Mr Tunnecliff.
Please help to support The Sylvia Wright Trust and Niamh Roberts, Laura Hickie and Aggie Bucholc’s visit to India!
Our brothers and sisters in Christ in Nepal are struggling to recover from the recent earthquake disaster: we would like to ask for your support in a one-off collection, which will go directly to those in need.
For the third year running following its great success, St. Mary’s held their creative "Trashion Show". Year 13 students came together for the annual event as part of their Catholic Religious Studies (CRS) programme to take a closer look at environmental issues.