St. Mary’s Menston has been recognised for its international contribution
In June 2015, St. Mary’s was invited to become an Expert centre for the Global Learning Programme.
This is a government funded programme encouraging students in Key Stages 2 and 3 to become more involved with international work. The government believes that every child growing up in the UK should have the opportunity to learn about the world around them. The Global Learning Programme aims to help young people understand their role in an interdependent world, develop an awareness of sustainability and globalisation, enable teachers to move away from a charity to a partnership mentality and explore different models of development in the classroom.
St. Mary’s has a long history of a number of international initiatives including Bambisanani, World Challenge, the Comenius project linking European students together, Connecting Classrooms and, more recently, the Fairtrade Schools Award.
As part of the Expert Centre status, St. Mary’s will deliver training to schools who sign up to the scheme and work with them to develop their international work.
Mr Tunnecliff recently attended a conference in Coventry with other expert centres which helped with networking and sharing good practice. He presented a session on incorporating values into the school ethos, using our own 8 values as a starting board.
Mr Tunnecliff is eager to hear from any primary or secondary schools interested in joining the St. Mary’s network. More information can be found on the Global Learning Page on our website:
As well as receiving free training on international work, schools who choose to sign up will also receive £500 worth of CPD, tools and guidance to developt global learning in their school and a logo for their school website and letterheads.
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
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