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.


“St. Mary’s is committed to learning from the global community in a number of ways. One such way is through our commitment to global justice programmes. Through a number of exciting (and essential) initiatives, St. Mary’s is following Pope Francis’ call to become a Church of the poor. Through supporting these different programmes, St. Mary’s is living out the values and following the commandment of Christ to love our neighbour, be it in this country or further afield.”

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.

Find out more about the Global Learning Programme at St. Mary's Menston


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.

Find out more about Fairtrade at St. Mary's Menston


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.

Find out more about CAFOD at St. Mary' s Menston


The Bambisanani Partnership

“For the tenth year running The Bambisanani Partnership continues its exceptional work that sees St Mary’s Menston and Mnyakanya High School, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa working collaboratively and using sport to promote education, leadership, health and global learning.
The partnership has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many teachers and students both in South Africa and in the UK. Everyone involved in The Bambisanani Partnership has grown, achieved and developed a wider view of the world.”
— Catherine Chattoe, Bambisanani Partnership Co-ordinator, St. Mary's Menston
South Africa Visit June 2016

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.

Visit our Bambisanani Partnership website


Connecting Classrooms

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.


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