As a school striving to be at the very heart of our local community, we value the links we have established with a wide range of community organisations. As well as exploring our local community in order to enhance learning, we also foster links with groups in order to work in partnership for the benefit of our families.
Links with community organisations are many and varied!
We have some long-established links with training providers, in order to offer learning opportunities for parents and children. ACTA community theatre, WEA, the Learning Communities Team, The Mindful Parenting Community Project and the Red Cross are amongst the groups we have worked in partnership with, to offer classes for parents. Children also benefit greatly: year 4 are currently enjoying working with the Hilton Garden Inn and Year 3 are benefitting from some literacy workshops with Turner and Townsend this year.
We also nurture links with religious and cultural groups: volunteers from St Philip's and St Jacob's church support activities and we have regular visits to and from Andalusia Academy. Women from St Jude’s Somali group have delivered training and have also used the school as a venue for community activities. Links with Bristol’s multi-faith forum and with the City of Sanctuary movement have strengthened our commitment to being a school where diversity is both celebrated and seen as a strength.
An especially exciting project in 2019-20 was the 'Year of Art' project with Studio Meraki - www.studiomeraki.org . They successfully applied for funding from the Arts Council to bring artists in to each year group, to run projects linked to the classes' enquiries. Sadly this was interrupted by Covid-19 and school closures, but the enterprising Meraki team continued their work with us by providing marvellous art kits to dend home during lockdown.
We work hard to build links across our city as well. We have been privileged to work with We The Curious and many of our families have become annual members through our families' project with them. Last year we built a new link with the National Trust at Tyntesfield and Year 5 children thoroughly enjoyed a poetry day there. Family fun swims, subsidised by a 'Swimathon' grant are planned during spring and summer. These take place at Easton pool. Last year we have built a new link with local business 'Cookpad' who have established a mini 'synecoculture' farm on our field. We are looking forward to planning some cookery workshops with them when we can. More family cooking will be happening with our freinds from Travelling Kitchen later in 2020 as well!
We are also regular users of Bristol Community Ferryboats; we can hop on a ferry from Temple Meads for a scenic ride into the centre, this also helps us learn about the istory of the floating harbour.