International Links & Charity Work

At SSSJ we are firmly committed to learning about the world we live in through our curriculum provision and through the charity work we do. For more information about our curriculum provision, please click on the curriculum tab under 'about us' on our website. As a school we define being internationally minded as:


"To have an awareness of ourselves and others"




Please see examples of the work we do below. This work takes many forms within our local community and wider afield within the UK and beyond.



Supporting our local community at Harvest time - Farnworth and Kearsley Foodbank


The children at SSSJ have worked really hard and have been extremely thoughtful by bringing in lots of different foods to give to the food bank for the Harvest Festival. 

The worship committee worked really hard writing prayers and holding a service to explain what the Harvest Festival is and what we are doing to help others. The food collected was then sent to the food bank to help all the people in need. As a school we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent food in, it was really appreciated and will help a lot of people. 


ActionAid helps people in international countries to help them live free from poverty and injustice. They work with over 15 million people in 45 countries. ActionAid gives people the right to eat, to have education, to stay on their land and to have a say in decisions. SSSJ supports ActionAid to help children live a better life.

Lemaiya lives in Kenya. He goes to a local pre-school but has to travel a long distance and the schools don't have facilities like toilets, books and desks. There is also 50 children to 1 teacher! ActionAid works with the community to put support on the government to improve education.

Jose is from Brazil and ActionAid is working with Jose's family and the local community to help the family access water, healthcare and education.

Aneel is from Pakistan. He goes to school but there is a limited amount of trained teachers, clean drinking water, toilets and electricity. ActionAid is working in Pakistan to improve the quality of education.





School Council have been meeting to discuss the charity 'Save the Children' and we decided to raise money for this charity by bringing in some change on International Day to donate. The children visited the world map in the main entrance and stuck their money onto the map. Our aim is to fill the map completely with coins! Due to recent tragic events in our local area, we have also decided to give a share of the money to the One Love Manchester Charity which has been set up by Ariana Grande.



Language Teaching Assistant

Hi my name is Miss Zhang and I am from the Liaoning Province in North Eastern China. I came to St Simon and Jude CE Primary School to work as a Chinese language assistant to gain experience teaching Mandarin to children. I have worked as a Mandarin teacher in both China and South Korea, but only teaching adults. In China I worked with soldiers from West Point, USA whilst they were based in China, teaching them Mandarin to help them work with local people and other agencies. In South Korea I taught Mandarin to government employees and University students.  When I return to China, I hope to use my experience here to help me to become a primary school teacher in an international school. I was able to come here as St Simon and Jude’s has strong links with the British Council. The British Council and The Confucius Institute in China arranged for my placement at SS Simon and Jude's


Miss Zhang has been teaching every child in KS2 Mandarin alongside Mrs Copley. Within these lessons, the children have covered a wide range of topics.  Each class has a weekly 30 minute lesson each and then the children practise work done within this lesson in short bursts throughout the week with their class teacher.

Topics covered in Mandarin:

In addition to covering these topics, the children have also been learning about Chinese culture. They have studied traditional Chinese stories such as Mulan and Ma Liang.

The children also learned about the Chinese New Year.

Miss Zhang, Mrs Copley and Mrs Connor visited the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Manchester. They took lots of photos and shared them with the children.



Many of the children used their knowledge of the Chinese New Year celebrations to create art work for the art show. Children in Y3 made Chinese style lanterns. Children in Y4 made Chinese dragons. Children in Year 5 created ‘roosters’ as this year is the year of the rooster.


Here are the children in Y4 performing the song: I am the Music Man, adding in the musical instruments in Mandarin. .

Miss Zhang taught the children the names of body parts in Mandarin. They also learned the song ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' in Mandarin.

The children learned to describe how they were feeling, with the help of Miss Zhang. 

They used role play to act out scenarios where the children are holding a short conversation, asking each other their name and how they are feeling.