As a school at the very heart of our local community, we value our links with 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 and The Mindful Parenting Community Project are amongst the groups we have worked in partnership with. Children also benefit greatly: Year 4 have worked with the Hilton Garden Inn and Year 3 are benefitting from literacy workshops with Turner and Townsend this year. Give a Book provide reading materials for families and for breakfast club. Talo are currently supporting families whilst Bristol Sport Foundation offered us masses of help during lockdown. FareShare are wonderful partners who provide food for many school activities.
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. 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 send home during lockdown. They will restart art in classes later this year.
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. Family fun swims are planned during spring and summer. These take place at Easton pool. In 2019 we built a new link with local business 'Cookpad' who established a mini 'synecoculture' are on our field. More family cooking will be happening with our freinds from Travelling Kitchen later in 2021 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 and this also helps us learn about the history of the floating harbour.