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All Saints Academy students look to “Make Things Happen”

By 6th December 2016 No Comments

Students from All Saints Academy Plymouth (ASAP) are inviting the local community to join them for a special “Make Things Happen” event at the school at 4:30pm on Tuesday, 13th December.

Community members are invited to come together and share their ideas in developing the Honicknowle community through community businesses. If you have an idea or would like to be part of the solution, come along and have your say.

Gary Futcher, Head Teacher at All Saints Academy Plymouth said: “As an academy with values firmly focused on Faith, Foundations, Family and Futures, we welcome any initiatives which help us build and nurture a strong sense of community within our school and beyond. That’s why we are delighted to be working with RIO. Giving students a sense of self, engaging local families and strengthening community links in a meaningful way will have a major impact on learning and development and will undoubtedly improve educational, academic and social outcomes”.

“As people we were created to live with and alongside others and it is in community that we really flourish. By listening to how others feel and think, sharing ideas and joining together in character and spirit we can really play a part in creating positive change for Honicknowle families in the areas that matter, ” adds ASAP’s Chaplain, Rev’d Andrew Bowden. The event marks the beginning of a new programme made possible by funding from Power to Change, a new funding body set up to support the growth of community business. The Connected Schools Programme is being delivered by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and aims to connect schools with their local communities to generate enterprising ideas which tackle community challenges. All Saints Academy has been specially selected as one of the first 7 schools across the country to be involved in this ground-breaking new programme.

The event will be combined with a special preview of an exhibition showcasing the work of students from years 7 and 8 titled: Uncovering the People of Plymouth.

Jonathan Clitheroe; Head of Challenge Based Learning at RIO said: “So many schools have a desire to be deeply connected to their communities but struggle to find real ways to achieve it.

“We’re really excited about helping All Saints Academy along with the 6 other Connected Schools across the country to find real and tangible ways for them to connect to the very heart of their communities.”

There are high hopes that ideas shared at the event could eventually develop into fully sustainable and viable community businesses.

A follow-up event will be held after Christmas to build on those ideas and explore how to make them a reality.

A number of local groups and organisations are also participating in the event. These include the Community Interest Company; Food Plymouth who will be looking at ways of engaging the local community in the facilities the school has available for people to use and FOTO Now who are looking forward to stimulating enterprising conversations on the day, while documenting the event. A tasty buffet will also be provided by the Real Junk Food Project, an inspiring Social Enterprise who will be raising awareness about food waste and giving an inspirational talk on how they use food to make a difference in the world.

The “Make Things Happen” event will be taking place from 4:30pm – 7pm at All Saints Academy Plymouth on Tuesday 13th December. All Saints Academy parents, local residents, and members of the public are all invited to come along and have their say on building the future of Honicknowle.

Call All Saints Academy on 01752 705131 for more information on the “Make Things Happen” event

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