Community Social Action… in action!

Our school vision focuses on motivating others into ‘acts of love and good works ‘(Hebrews 24:25). Social action is at the heart of everything we do! Here is a selection of projects led by pupils and staff…

Psssst… you can click on any of the photos below to show them as a full-screen slideshow!

At NCEA Warkworth Primary we ‘# strive together as one’ (Philippians 1:27).

Bringing our school vision to life!

Staff and pupils at Warkworth C of E primary recently worked alongside a local artist from Cloud Dancer Photography to create a large scale art installation on the ground which would be filmed from the air by a drone. The idea was to create a visual representation of the school vision ‘#strive together as one’. You can see the finished video here and check out some of the stills below. We love them!

 

Pupils pledge to support Afghanistan refugees

Shocked by the scenes on the news about the ongoing unrest in Afghanistan, pupils at Warkworth C of E Primary School took it upon themselves to lead social action and encourage others to do the same and carry out ‘acts of love and good works’ by filling their school hall with donations for the refugees who have fled Afghanistan and made it safely to the UK.

The children came up with the idea after being inspired by the work of one of their teachers, Kimberley Sharp, who runs the popular ‘A Child’s Wish’ Facebook group, which provides clothes, toys and essential items to women and children who have fled from domestic violence. Having seen photos of the work Kimberley has done in the past to fill her living room at home with gifts and resources for families, the pupils decided they wanted to replicate the effort, but on a bigger scale, and they did!

 

Mental health charity supports forest school rebuild

After an act of vandalism saw our school’s forest school site go up in flames during lockdown, we put a call out on social media to see if anyone in our community could support us to rebuild a new site within our school grounds. We were overwhelmed by the volume of support we received, but one local charity, Blyth Star Enterprises, went above and beyond to help bring our pupil’s visions for their new forest school to life!

Working from a hand-drawn plan which was developed in partnership with the pupils themselves, staff and service users from Blyth Star Enterprises’ woodwork department visited the school to scope out the project, which would include the build and installation of a seating area around the fire pit, six new craft tables for outdoor woodwork classes, two mud kitchens, a woodland assault course and a number of full height ‘fairy doors’ to create secret entrances to a network of willow tunnels. Horticultural staff from Blyth Star’s Stakeford Nurseries also agreed to supply and plant over 40 different trees and shrubs to help add to the site’s woodland feel. The site is still awaiting final completion, but should be fully operational by the end of 2021.

 

Lent 40 Day Community Challenge

For Lent, we set the community a challenge! Could they collect one item of food for each day for our local foodbank? Wow, well done everyone we filled a van! Over 50 bags and 40 Easter eggs to support our local community. Thank you to Morrison’s Amble and Amble Foodbank for all that you do for the local community.

 

Messages of Hope and National Day of Reflection

NCEA Warkworth Primary took part in the National Day of Reflection and wrote messages of hope to support the national campaign led by Well Pharmacy. Pupils wrote positive messages, their favourite Bible passages and affirmations from our school vision. We then sent them all to Well Pharmacy. Well Pharmacy are now distributing them with prescriptions throughout the UK. Our local pharmacy has also taken copies and is doing the same so NCEA Warkworth Primary is supporting a range of communities!

 

Peace Poles

Pupils at NCEA Warkworth Primary led the Peace Pole Project throughout Northumberland. The idea behind each peace pole is that it’s a reflection of each school’s individual vision and values so every pole is unique; however, they are all united by the message ‘may peace prevail on earth’. The power of this message lies in its capacity to bring people of various cultures, faiths, traditions and political ideals together as one united global heart and mind. The poles are placed around Northumberland ideal for families to go on a pole hunt.

 

Easter Community Challenge

Pupils decided they wanted to send messages of love to the community! In school we’d had one of our grandparents knitting with pupils so NCEA Warkworth Primary decided they wanted to put their skills to good use. So, we challenged the community and pupils to knit hundreds of crosses, chicks and daffodils! Pupils then wrote messages of hope and support and packed them in biodegradable bags and distributed them throughout the community to find.

 

Knitted items for Australia

A pupil had talked in collective worship about the animals she’d seen on the news during the wildfires in Australia. Their habitats were being burnt down and she wanted to help. Pupils also wanted to help so again, pupils asked the community to get involved. Everyone knitted joey bags, bat bags and koala jumpers to help. Local WI groups also saw the campaign and joined in too! All items were then shipped to Australia to help look after the animals who had been injured in the bush fires. Well done NCEA Warkworth Primary!

‘Love yourself, love each other and love the world!’

 

30 Day Mental Health and Wellbeing Challenge in the Community – # Let’s get our Community Talking

NCEA Warkworth primary pupils decided in their wellbeing collective worship that they wanted to lead our annual 30-day mental health challenge in partnership with other schools too this year!

They wrote to schools and child-care settings across Amble, Widdrington and Warkworth and asked them to join together and take part in the # Let’s get Britain Talking Campaign and get our community talking about mental health. NCEA Warkworth Primary pupils designed a 30-day challenge board for families to complete and each school offered activities for the community to join in with!

 

Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award

NCEA Warkworth C of E Primary School has become one of just five schools across the UK to be awarded a Gold standard for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision.

Established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the Mental Health in Schools Award programme aims to strengthen pupils’ mental health by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK’s education system, improving students’ outcomes and life chances.

Recognised for the wide range of strategies and approaches to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and parents that we put in place prior to lockdown, as well as the additional work we did to support the local community through the pandemic, our school is now leading on a piece of work to establish a working group of fellow C of E schools who meet regularly to talk about mental health and wellbeing in school and support each other to enable everyone to flourish. Find out more about the Award.


Northumberland Gazette

The Journal

Story also featured in Primary Times, Schools North East, Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham newsletter, Newcastle Anglican newsletter and The Ambler. (March 2021)

 

Staff Better Health at Work Award

The Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of employers in the North East and Cumbria in addressing health issues within the workplace. NCEA Warkworth Primary School has already received a Silver Better Health at Work Award but we’re currently working towards our Gold. To find out more about the programme, visit: www.betterhealthatworkaward.org.uk.

 

Social Action through lockdown at NCEA Warkworth Primary

Community Heart Challenge

During the pandemic, pupils at NCEA Warkworth Primary decided they wanted to do something in the community to show how strong our school vision was. They decided to distribute hearts throughout the community. Each house was then asked to display the heart with a picture of someone they loved/ missed. There were hundreds of hearts throughout the community for pupils, families and the community.

Feedback from residents about the Community Heart Challenge:

“Thank you so much NCEA Warkworth Primary for always going above and beyond. I was in tears on my daily walk looking at all the hearts. The hearts were such a powerful demonstration of our community resilience. Strive together as one!”

“Wow! Warkworth Primary, what a wonderful way to help us to talk about people we’ve lost or miss due to the pandemic. We’ve had such a lovely time this weekend, looking at photos of people we love. Happy memories are so important in times like these.”

 

Making bags for the NHS and Dress for NHS

Pupils in school made bags for the NHS to support the critical work that they do. We also wore blue and ‘dressed for the NHS’ as part of a community challenge to raise money for NHS and critical workers.

 

Family Quizzes

Mr Teasdale kindly organised live family quizzes on a weekly basis in lockdown! This was an opportunity for families to get together virtually and spend time with each other and have some fun!

 

NCEA Goodie Boxes

NCEA Warkworth Primary made goodie boxes for the Grange Nursing Home staff to say thank you to critical workers in our community. Well done everyone, you’re definitely living out our vision of ‘acts of love and good works’.

 

Christmas Hampers

St Lawrence’s Church kindly donated NCEA Warkworth some money for our families. Mrs Dixon and Mrs Lees made some fantastic Christmas hampers with lots of yummy treats!

Feedback from families who received Christmas hampers:

“We really weren’t expecting this, thank you so much!”

“What an amazing surprise, we’re so lucky, thank you!”

 

Virtual Community Climb

Over lockdown, teachers started the virtual climbing challenge, they then challenged our community! Some of the virtual climbs included: The Burj Khalifa, the Eiffel Tower, Seattle and Goatfell. Over £400 raised for local foodbanks and our local hospice.

 

Reading Bags for Pupils

Staff at NCEA Warkworth Primary made book bags and treats for all pupils in school for World Book Day!

 

Wellbeing Bags for Pupils and Families

Everyone at NCEA Warkworth Primary wanted to do something to support our families. We decided to create wellbeing bags for children and parents.

Inside the bag there were lots of treats to keep everyone’s spirits up including: sweet treats made by Mrs Dixon, craft activities, growth mind set activities and challenges. We even popped in a hot chocolate and face mask for mums and dads.

 

Mother’s Day Treats

Mrs Dixon and Mrs Lees you are amazing! We hope everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day treats and boxes from NCEA Warkworth Primary.

 

Cottage Catering in St Mark’s Church, Amble

Over half term we worked with Community Kitchen in Amble to provide our families with a delicious packed lunch on us! Over 140 families picked up treats, thank you Julie Baxter! One of our reception pupils has even started working for Julie delivering food parcels and meals to the most vulnerable. What a super star!

 

Pizza Making with Cottage Catering and Morrison’s Amble

Thank you so much to Morrison’s Amble who donated pizza making kits to families at NCEA Warkworth Primary. It was an amazing opportunity to spend quality time with our families.

 

Family Challenges

We set NCEA Warkworth Primary daily family challenges to look after our wellbeing as our first school rule is ‘love yourself’. We were really impressed with all the photos families sent in.

 

Wellbeing Wednesday Challenges

Every Wednesday, NCEA Warkworth Primary led a special collective worship with a # strive together as one challenge. One example was when Year 2 sent home little treats and challenged pupils to carry out ‘acts of love and good works’ in the community. There were so many acts of kindness even in the most challenging of times e.g. cake baking, flowers and messages left for neighbours. Well done NCEA Warkworth Primary you were definitely living out your school rules: love yourself and love each other and your vision to # ‘strive together as one’ (Philippians 1:27).

 

Destiny Streetworx

As part of our Eco Club, we collect for Destiny Streetworx (homeless charity). Over lockdown we continued to do this and we also arranged Christmas boxes to support our street friends and their pets.

 

Other community-led activities we’ve been involved in

  • Dropping by to say hi! – During lockdown staff arranged a ‘drop by and say hi’ to all pupils at Warkworth Primary. Each teacher took a day of their time to do this but it was really appreciated by all!
  • Amble Links School Family Sculpture Trail– We offered all families the opportunity to attend a sculpture trail on the school field. It was a great way to spend some time with the family and get some fresh air!
  • Amble First School ‘Odd Socks Rock!’ – All children were asked to bring a pair of socks into school, they were then asked to swap one with a friend and make a sock puppet using recyclable elements such as buttons and wool to add to their sock puppet as part of our school’s save the planet mission!
  • Family Park Run – All families were invited to join us (pre-Covid) for the Park Run at Druridge Bay Country Park as a way to get fit and healthy while having fun!
  • Grange View C of E First School – Community Litter Pick
  • Hartbeepsfree sessions for babies and toddlers and then walkers to 5 years of age at St Lawrence’s Church, Warkworth. They also organised a Time to Talk Day for the community and a ‘Me Too’ event in school
  • Easter eggs – We sent home vouchers so all families had Easter eggs from NCEA Warkworth Primary.
  • Toilet Roll Challenge – Staff took part in a Toilet Roll Challenge working with NUFC Foundation! We donated lots and lots of toilet rolls to Amble Foodbank to support our local community.
  • LGBTQ+ Challenge – As a Rainbow Flag School we’d normally be attending and running stalls at Pride events in Northumberland. Unfortunately, we were unable to do this so instead we created a video to show our support and raise further awareness about the importance equality and inclusion for all.
  • Pea Hunt on the way to school – The Great Warkworth Pea Hunt, staff arranged a Pea Hunt for everyone to join in with and enjoy around the community!