We believe that it is the spiritual and moral principles that are nurtured daily that makes our school unique. At St Stephen’s School, everything we do is for the benefit of the children. But, as a forward-thinking, modern school, we have a responsibility also to educate pupils about their obligations to care about wider society and the environment.
Every opportunity is taken to emphasise that tolerance, understanding and compassion are essential to living in a vibrant and caring multi-cultural society.
This principle of promoting the common good is wide ranging. The School raises funds for one specific charity each year chosen by the House Captains and pupils. Children are also empowered to fundraise independently and take part in charity events beyond the School gates that build essential skills beyond the curriculum. We have a number of causes close to our hearts, culture and belief system that we regularly contribute to including Down Syndrome Awareness, Show Racism the Red Card and a Hispanic charity.
In the last academic year, we have extended a shared goal to review our environmental impact and protect what we value today for future generations. This has been demonstrated by a conscious move to purchasing more sustainable and traceable materials, working regularly towards a culture of reduce, recycle and reuse.. Other student-led initiatives include expanding our Walk To School week to help reduce air pollution and growing more fruit, vegetables and herbs in our urban garden.
Instilling these long-term values of social responsibility and awareness is crucial. In turn, we are delighted that our pupils are discovering the inestimable rewards of being kind, considerate and compassionate towards others.
In 2019 we climbed Snowdon to fundraise for 4 specific charities – here we are in action.
We raised just over £500 for the charity ‘Show Racism The Red Card.’ For the fourth year in a row, we have supported the excellent work this charity carries out. Our pupils continued already well-established conversations in class about celebrating our differences throughout the school the day and our whole school felt truly bonded in our commitment to being anti-racist.
We have been raising money for The Royal Brirish Legion Poppy Appeal. The Royal British Legion is at the heart of a national network that supports our Armed Forces community. They provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.