Church and Community Links

Church links and Community 
  
 
We have a close link with St Augustine's Church, West Monkton.
 
 
Rev Mary Styles is the vicar at St Augustine's. Mary is heavily involved in the life of the school, leading regular worships and contributing to wider school activities. 
 
Paul Elliston is our Pioneer Worker for the church and he also spends a great deal of time supporting children at school. He leads workshops, lunch time clubs, and supports our school community. 
 
They are both well known and loved by the children and their families.

Children have opportunities to visit the local church where they get the chance to lead special services which are attended by other pupils, families and members of the community. Children also visit the church to learn more about the church as a special building and place of worship.   

Community Links

We pride ourselves in maintaining a positive reputation within our local area and this is largely due to our involvement within our community. We are proud of our reputation which means that we are consistently oversubscribed.

 

Our school lies in the heart of our community, at the centre of the large housing estate whose residents we serve. As well as letting out our facilities to the church and other local groups for community events, we advertise our own events widely and welcome members of the community along to our summer fete and Christmas celebrations.

This Christmas we will be holding a Year 5/6 Christingle service in the local Church, singing to a local care home and singing to our local church volunteers. We cherish the opportunities to bring joy and hope to our community. 

 Charity work
 
As a school we value to importance of supporting charities. We actively raise funds throughout each year for those who are less fortunate- this includes national charities (Children in Need, NSPCC and Red Nose Day) as well as charities close to our school community (Scotty's Little Soldiers).
 
Children are given opportunities to regularly fundraise for charities close to their hearts which supports them in demonstrating our Christian values and standing up for those who need support. 
 
In recent years we have supported: NSPCC, Children in Need, Red Nose day, Taunton Open Door, Women's Refugee and Scotty's Little Soldiers. 
 
Alongside supporting charities the children have chosen. This year, we have surveyed our local community to greater understand which charities are close to their hearts. These will be reflected in our work.
 
Autumn Term Charity Focus