At St Cuthbert’s School we believe that we have a responsibility to provide an enriched curriculum that caters for all children and fosters the development of life-long learners. We aim for children to recognise their place in the world and to see themselves as global citizens. As a Catholic School we find that our International work strengthens and develops our religious teaching of equality and the importance of children’s rights. Respect for others is fundamental to our school; we challenge stereotypes and celebrate the uniqueness of all people as equals. Throughout all of our work we endeavour to encourage children’s questioning and consideration of the lives of others. We live in a diverse world so whether it is a European country through our ‘Comenius’ projects or an African or Asian country through our ‘Connecting Classrooms’ work, our children are taught to look at similarities as well as differences.
Our work with Cafod (Catholic Association for Overseas Development) teaches us about the lives of children in other countries that are less fortunate than us. Our children learn to empathise and understand how they can help in small ways through for example, the buying of ‘World Gifts’ or fundraising for projects around the world. We provide opportunities for the children to recognise interdependence and how our decisions can affect others. Teaching about Fair Trade allows children to develop their social conscience and understand that they can support ‘brothers and sisters’ in other parts of the world in a meaningful way. Through joint projects with our link schools children learn about important issues such as climate change, habitats and endangered species. This benefits all children as they recognise the impact their global footprint has on the world. Through the Comenius Project children have been given the opportunity to travel and visit other countries and experience other cultures, languages and environments. This has challenged stereotypical attitudes and created child to child dialogue that supports interest and a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the global community. Visitors from other countries provide our children with the opportunity to learn about other cultures in a more meaningful, interesting and engaging way.