St. Michael's is very proud of its links with the local community and church. Dalston is a thriving village with a profound sense of the community. The church and school are central to this, but there are many other organisations with which we keep strong links - the Pre-School nurseries and local businesses as well as community groups such as Scouts and Brownies.
Reverend Phillips regularly visits school for collective worship and we are just beginning to go back to the church after restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Earlier this term we held our Harvest festival in church - it was lovely to hear the children singing so beautifully and we were delighted to be able to invite Year 5 and Year 6 parents along.
We also invited parents to the Christingle service just before Christmas.
We were very lucky to have the Cumberland Building Society come in for the day to paint our fences which were looking a little tired. The Cumberland have a day each year to help the local community and eight of their staff kindly gave up a day to participate. Thank you!
Another special relationship is that between school and the local Co-op. Last year St. Michael's school received £2,353 as part of the Co-op's scheme whereby they sponsor local good causes. Our Home School Association were instrumental in having school nominated and chosen to receive this generous donation which will be put to good use to fund a 'forest school' in the grounds. Here members of the HSA, pupils and teachers receive the cheque from Co-op staff. Many thanks to all involved.
NISCU (Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union) also have strong links with our school. They regularly deliver Collective Worship, help with parts of the R.E. curriculum and provide transition support to Year 6 children moving on to their secondary schools.