Our community stretches near and far.
We have links with the local schools and facilities, enjoying others strengths and sharing our own.
DVIS Air Quality Group
The school now has an Air Quality Group led by the school and parents. The school's Eco Councillors, consisting of staff and children, are also involved! The Air Quality Group is linked with Dulwich Safer Routes to School and a member of the school community attends their meetings. dulwichsaferoutes.blogspot.com
Currently the DVIS Air Quality Group are working on planting green screens at each site, ensuring irrigation is in place for these, raising funds for planting and air filters in class.
LOVE DVIS days
Every term the school community comes together to show love in action! The aim of the work party is to get together to carry out practical tasks around the school and literally love the school! Jobs might include gardening, painting, fixing, up-cycling, window cleaning, sorting resources, making resources and having fun whilst doing it! It rings a great sense of community, pride and satisfaction with a job done well!
Kings College Hospital Project
Since January 2019 small groups of the Year Two children have been visiting Kings College Hospital every other week to brighten the days of some of the older patients there. The projects was set up between the school and a parent, Dr Ruth Cairns, a Consultant Psychiatrist at KCH. The work has had a great impact on the c,old and young alike. It has inspired the children to think about other roles they might do as they grow up, it has helped them to think of others, developed their questioning skills and allowed them to draw alongside people who they may not normally do so. For the patients ... it has brought smiles to faces and a fair amount of joy!
Thanks to the incredible support from parents and the community, teachers over the past six years have visited Uganda over the summer supporting the teachers and children at Cherish Primary School. Cherish, which was set up in February 2011, was launched to help disadvantaged children in the local community who were not enrolled in school. The school’s selection criteria includes children living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children living in abject poverty.
The teams have shared best practice from DVIS in class. They also devised a programme of staff training, which focused on using free flow in nursery, how to encourage talk for maths, and guided reading. Time was also spent creating resources so that Ugandan colleagues could continue with these strategies after the teams had left.
The latest project will be for Helen Poyton to lead training for the school leaders at Cherish Primary School and Cherish High School. The focus of the training will be on embedding vision and values in school and developing a systemic leadership approach in the schools.
All this continues to be made possible by the generous contributions to our fundraising efforts by parents and friends of Dulwich Village Infants’. Thank you!
Teacher Training at Cherish Primary School in Uganda
Thanks to the incredible support from parents and the community, four of our teachers, Kate Webster, Chloe Carserides, Nick Broome and Oliver Reed, visited Uganda over the summer supporting the teachers and children at Cherish Primary School. Cherish, which was set up in February 2011, was launched to help disadvantaged children in the local community not enrolled in school. The school’s selection criteria includes children living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children living in abject poverty.
The team were in class every day sharing best practice from DVIS. They also devised a programme of staff training, which focused on using free flow in nursery, how to encourage talk for maths, and guided reading. Time was also spent creating resources so that our Ugandan colleagues could continue with these strategies even after the team had left. All this was made possible by the generous contributions to our fundraising efforts by parents and friends of Dulwich Village Infants’.
In support of our vision of "flourishing with God in life, learning and love" we aim to promote courageous advocacy through our relationships with those around us, through the promotion of opportunities to challenge social injustice and inequality and to support each other, adult and child, to speak out about how we should care for our world, our neighbours and ourselves.In the process of thinking and doing something for others we are standing up for them and drawing others attention to their need. In this process we often find we are changed and hope that it changes the lives of others too.
We want the children at DVIS to start to develop their understanding of what disadvantage, deprivation and exploitation of the natural world looks like and what's more, ask questions about it, challenge it and try to make a difference in changing it.
When looking at this challenging work we have turned to the bible:
Matthew 22:36-40 Good News Translation (GNT)
36 “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ 40 The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
As a result we have developed plan for the year that reflects this passage: