Community and Global Links
Global link with LIV Village
We are delighted to have a close link with LIV Village in Durban, South Africa. Following a visit to our school by the LIV children's choir in 2017, we have raised money for LIV through charity days in school. In 2022, we established study of LIV, its location, geography, social purpose and origin, as part of our annual curriculum so that all classes study an aspect linked to LIV during a focus week in the summer term. This curriculum focus has given the opportunity to partner with the LIV Village school by sharing thoughts, ideas, music and artwork with children at LIV. We now have an established relationship and it is exciting to be able to connect and exchange videos, photos and messages between our schools. We have found we have a lot in common - not least an enjoyment of music - despite being in very different circumstances in different continents. News of our July 2022 LIV learning is here on the news page and gallery.
Our school also has established links with our local community.
We work with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Thorpe Marshes to develop children's understanding and experience of our local river and the Norfolk Broads. Through regular visits to the Marshes (a short walk from school) children learn about wildlife, conservation, the history of the Broads and how to protect our ecosystem into the future.
We have worked with the Thorpe St Andrew FC grassroots football club (formerly Hillside Rovers) for many years. The Thorpe St Andrew FC under 11s use the school field every weekend for training, practice and matches with children and young people from the local area.
Two pupils from Hillside Avenue had their artwork chosen in a regional competition to bring environmental messages onto Norwich buses - their winning artwork is on display on buses within Norwich.
Every year at Christmas, our school choir visits local care homes to bring the joy of Christmas with their singing.
In January 2020, our Reception children began weekly visits to Wherry Court to share time, read and talk with the residents there.
Community funding for school
In 2021, we were successful in securing £5000 sponsorship from the Aviva community fund to repair and restore our school wildlife pond area, in an exciting Wildlife Study base project. Work began in February 2021 to clear the pond and get started on re-lining and improving the area for wildlife, and we now have a thriving pond alive with plants and wildlife. The area around the pond was finished with new planting and seating in July 2022.