The Governors and staff at St Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy recognise the increasing interdependent and interrelated world in which our pupils live and the challenges this creates in our shared future. Through the inclusion of an international focus we hope to offer the children a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity. Children will be prepared so that, with confidence in themselves and respect for others they can live and work in a changing world. The international Dimension is reflected in the attitudes and values of our pupils, the ethos of our school and the curriculum that we follow.
Our aims are to celebrate and respect the rich and diverse heritage represented in our own school and in local and national communities. Provide an informed awareness of countries, cultures, beliefs and languages other than their own. We want to provide an added opportunity for the promotion of equal opportunities and racial equality.
The International dimension is embedded throughout the curriculum and brought to life by a range of activities throughout the year. Within each activity children have had the opportunity to research and study the differences/similarities between countries, environments, cultures, and traditions leading to an understanding that people from around the world and within their own communities live different lives. Children were able to understand that the way you live can be determined by where you live and that their actions can have an impact on making the world they live in a fairer place. Our children have begun to understand that it is important for their generation to share knowledge, experiences and resources in order to sustain and promote equality. The activities have enabled pupils to ask questions and begin to develop critical thinking skills that will equip them with the knowledge, skills and values to participate as active citizens. They have begun to acknowledge the complexity of global issues and have been encouraged to explore, develop and express their own values, opinions and beliefs, whilst listening to and respecting other peoples. This is an important step towards children exercising their own rights and their responsibilities to others.