Cultural Capital at St. Augustine’s!
How do we foster our children’s appreciation of the world and cultures around them?
Cultural capital is the growth of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that our children can draw upon to succeed as happy and fulfilled members of society, both now and in their later lives, on their personal and professional journeys.
Cultural capital gives our children power. It helps them to flourish, to achieve their goals, to become successful, and rise up as fruitful members of our society.
Cultural capital is having the tools to give our children the desire to aspire and to achieve, no matter their starting point. At St. Augustine’s, we strongly believe that for our children to aspire and be successful, both academically and personally, they need to be given rich and continued opportunities to develop their cultural capital.
Cultural capital is fostered and nurtured in the following areas, embedded within our whole curriculum:
- Personal Development
- Social Development
- Physical Development
- Spiritual Development
- Moral Development
- Cultural development
This was recognised throughout our SIAMS inspection report - “St. Augustine’s is a transforming community where pupils and adults are enabled to flourish academically and spiritually.” – and throughout the opportunities we provide…
- Careers talks from a range of pathways across society
- Visits within our local community and further afield (Eland Lodge – nature, Cannock Chase – museum and nature, Tutbury Castle, Space Centre, Staffordshire Hoard at Potteries Museum etc.)
- Theatre trips annually
- Whitemoor Lakes
- 50 Things To Do Before You’re 9!
- Mental health: Relax Kids, Teepee, Reflective Spaces.
- ‘Fired Up Theatre’ work weekly
- Productions in school
- Pupil Led Worship on a range of Biblical and worldwide contexts
- Music for Youth and music tuition paid for by school (for the 1st term)
- Chartwells: healthy eating, healthy bodies.
- Links to our worldwide family (Kings School in Kenya)
- Feed the Hungry kindness bags and food packing
- Uttoxeter Cares Project and links with our local care home (inter-generational work)
- Soup Kitchen and Food Bank projects
- Harvest service (Hope for our World?)
- Inter faith days, Faith Trail, world faith experiences
- School Council, Worship Team
- Transition work with Middle School, across our federation and MAT
- Links with Staffordshire University (we’re hoping to build on this opportunity)
- RSE Curriculum (we are continuing to develop this through our refined curriculum).