Community and Citizenship

It is important that our children know and understand their own community and also those further afield. Below are some local and distant community groups and organisations we work closely with:

*Although we are not a church school, we value the links we have with our local churches which include St. Mary’s Kennington and Ashford Baptist Church. We love it when Jill Graham and Nancy from the Church Army, come and celebrate assembly with us. Graham’s speciality is definitely his magic tricks!

*We work closely with SureStart and local Preschools. We host SureStart activities such as Sign and Rhyme and messy play in our ‘Puppies Room’.

*We work as part of a collaboration with 15 other local schools; infant, primary and Secondary Schools.

*Local PSCos regularly pop into school.

*We contribute articles to the’ Kennington News’.

*We always play a proactive part in the Kennington Fayre

*We are very proud of our own Community Newsletter, ‘Downs View Points of View’, which is produced by a group of children called the ‘Press Gang’. This goes to many families in the local area.

*We support Fairtrade.

www.fairtrade.org.uk

Our adopted school charities are ‘Brighter Future’ and ‘Cry in the Dark’. Through these we sponsor and support Indian and Romanian children. Click on the link to find out more about ‘Brighter Future’:

www.brighterfuturetrust.org

International Day

We host an annual International Day , where children learn about a range of different countries, traditions and cultures.  Displays and celebrations from all sorts of different lands.  Many parents visit to teach the children different activities, including making pasta, learning origami or having henna painting.  We have a host African drummer who teaches children and adults. Teachers dressed up in traditional dress from around the world. It was lovely to find out about the different cultures and backgrounds of children we have in school.  Please click on the link to find out more:

Romania

In August 2013 a group of very excited teachers and teaching assistants from Downs View went out to Romania as volunteers to work with and help orphaned, sick and disabled children and young people. There is still much poverty in Romania and there are some very ‘needy’ families. This mission was arranged through ‘Cry in the Dark’. There is a link below if you would like to find out more about the charity. We are continuously building on our links with Romanian children through ‘Cry in the Dark’. Miss Doyle went to Romania at Christmas 2013 to deliver the Shoe Box gifts our children have made up.If you take a look at ‘Cry in the Dark’s’ Facebook page you will see many photos of us in Romania.

We have sponsored a eight year-old boy called Alexandru  since 2013. The children have enjoyed learning about Alex and many are write him letters. A shoe box is made for him and taken to Romania for him to open, personally from us each Christmas

www.cryinthedark.org

 

This is Alexandru. We have been learning about him. Alexandru is five and lives in Romania.

Parts of Romania are very poor. Many houses do not have water like we do. We forget how easy it is to turn a tap on at home. These people have to go to a well to get water.

We went to visit these children. They loved the art and craft activities we had brought for the to do.

They loved having their faces painted.

 

Phoebe Doyle in Romania, Christmas 2013

Kennington Summer Fayre – 28th June 2014

Once again, the people of Kennington were treated to another amazing performance by our very own Downsview Choir. The children entertained their audience with renditions of ‘Getting To Know You’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Happy’ and ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’, after warming up their voices with ‘The Zombie Song’.