'Courageous advocacy’, which we instil in our pupils, enables our school community to develop a greater awareness of the challenges others face in life and how they, as individuals, can support causes and make a difference in our school community, local community and further afield. As outlined in our school vision, we recognise the limitless potential of every member of our school and nurture their unique talents so that all can shine in their classrooms and in their wider communities.
We take time to reflect upon and appreciate how fortunate we are to be part of such a nurturing school environment, surrounded by supportive peers and staff, which allows us to live life in all its fullness and flourish as individuals.
Supporting a wide number of charities, locally, nationally and globally, is an integral part of life at Cranbrook C of E Primary School. Staff, children and parents regularly support and organise fundraising events, with children even suggesting and organising events of their own.
In recent years we have carried out a range of different fund raising to support many good causes, some of which include:
- The Children's Society; supported by our local church, St Dunstan's
- Jeans for Jeans;
- Tourettes Action;
- Sports Relief;
- Comic Relief;
- Children in Need;
- The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Our children have an excellent grasp on the meaning of belonging to a local and global community and the sense of responsibility that comes with belonging. Thereby developing their ability to empathise and make a small sacrifice to benefit others. Together we consider the beauty and fragility of our environment, the actions we take, and the impact these actions may have on the well-being of everyone. Our school community and curriculum actively embraces a responsibility for the world in which we live. We run a Life Skills element to our curriculum across the whole school, which includes a 'Helping Hands' citizenship unit in every year group. We are diligent to show our connection with, and care for, the world in which we all live and care for the people who live in it.
'Helping Hands' unit of our Lifeskills Curriculum: Year 4 and 5 doing a litter pick in Cranbrook:
Year 6 taking the Harvest donations to St Dunstan's Church with Revd. Ann.
The banner made by our children during the Covid Lockdown to thank NHS and key workers.
Our playground buddies system was introduced by the children as a way of ensuring new starters had a friend at school, and no child was left without a friend at playtime.