But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn … So which of these three do you think was neighbour to him who fell among the thieves?’ And he said, ‘He who showed mercy on him.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’”
The story of the good Samaritan shows us that a true neighbour has nothing to do with closeness. A neighbour is anyone who crosses your path in life. As a disciple, everyone you meet should taste the love of Christ in you, so that He can be glorified through me. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35.
This year, St Anne’s will be working towards achieving the Global Neighbours Bronze Award.
To achieve accreditation, St Anne’s school will demonstrate how they are fulfilling criteria relating to:
- school leadership
- teaching and learning
- collective worship and spiritual development
- pupil participation in active global citizenship
- community engagement
How will St Anne’s benefit from the scheme?
Global Neighbours provides a framework for thinking about global citizenship education in schools. We will get ideas for curriculum and collective worship activities to equip us to weave a global perspective into our current curriculum provision, which will support us in helping young people to become active global citizens.
The scheme aims to increase pupils’ understanding of the root causes of poverty and injustice, as well as engage and empower pupils as agents of change in the transformation of our world. Participation in the scheme will support schools that are seeking to advance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of pupils, strengthen the ‘promotion of fundamental British values’, promote critical thinking across the curriculum, and strengthen links with the local community. Global Neighbours will also enhance Religious Education provision in our school by increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding about why and how Christians, along with people of other faiths and those of no faith, want to change the world to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
By helping pupils to claim their voice as global citizens, participation in the scheme will support school to develop and showcase their work in helping their pupils to become active global citizens and courageous advocates for change in the world, from a local to global level.
In addition, the scheme will help church schools fulfil the Church of England’s Vision for Education that is ‘deeply Christian, serving the common good’ as well as supporting some of the SIAMS requirements for character development: hope, aspiration and courageous advocacy.