In Newark Primary we have linked our work with global citizenship to our work towards our level 2 Rights Respecting school award. We have chosen to work with a very worthwhile charity, Stand By Me.
Stand By Me is a charity that works with children all over the World particularly Ethiopia and Burma. The aim of the charity is to help kids in crisis. The charity support children that have been abandoned and left on the streets and give them a home and access to an education.
We were very fortunate as two members of the Stand By Me charity visited the school, Al Bennett and Tim Johnstone. They flew over from Northern Ireland for a two day visit. During their visit they delivered a whole school assembly which the children thoroughly enjoyed. They also delivered a lesson to each of the 18 classes from Primary 1 to Primary 7.
The aim is that we build close links with the school in Burma and are able to raise money to donate to the charity.
Twenty one P7 pupils recently went on a residential trip to Dalguise House, an outdoor activity centre in Perthshire. Pupils were able to take part in many activities including a 70 foot tree climb, abseiling, raft building, canoeing, quad-biking and archery. The pupils engaged in problem solving activities and supported each other through some of the challenging activities. The evening activities included Robot Wars. Ambush game, campire and a disco. A great time was had by all and everyone slept very well on the Friday night after they returned.
Quotes from pupils:
“My favourite activity was the catwalk because I got the certificate for Catwalk Queen at the end of the trip” Morgan
“My favourite thing during the week was raft building because it was fun to build the rafts and float on them. My least favourite part was getting up in the morning” Claire S
“I really enjoyed the trip and I would recommend it to next years P7” Dylan F
“It turns out that I conquered my fear of heights which I am so happy about!” Sophie B
“I am not a fan of heights but I got up to the tower, put on a harness and I jumped off that tower and screamed. I absolutely loved it! I loved it so much I did it twice and it was my favourite activity of the week!” Linzi