Encouraging our children at DPA to help others teaches them to have a sense of connection and begin to feel part of and care about their immediate and wider community. Having this connection can play a vital part in developing moral reasoning which helps us make better decisions as we grow into young adults.
We have made strong links with local community groups:
Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation who coordinate donations for local causes.
Many of our DPA families regularly attend the St Albans Church* Community Cafe and their family events. Gateway Church use DPA’s kitchen on the Infant site to provide meals and activities for vulnerable families in the school holidays.
*We have a collection point for non perishable foods in the Infant reception area for the Parish Pantry feeding vulnerable families in our local parish.
Dartford Deeds Not Words Foundation
DPA is proud to support DDNWF, a local voluntary group that co-ordinates donations for local needs such as Refuge mother and baby unit, Age UK, Mary’s child, Jasmine Unit, Silver Birch ward, Red Box project and other seasonal appeals such as the winter shelter and toy appeal.
We have a continual collection point in the Infants reception area which our community fill generously for the following:
Toiletries – for people who are admitted to refuge or hospital as an emergency
Sanitary products – so that no young female misses education during her period
Colouring pencils and books – for children away from home in refuge or hospital
Our most recent drop off to DDNWF
Jeans for Genes
Money raised by DPA for Genetic Disorders UK funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life for children affected by genetic disorders. Children wore jeans or another item of denim clothing to school along with their school jumper or cardigan for a suggested £1 donation.
In 2019 we raised £436. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthwhile charity.
Click here for the charity’s website and details of 2020’s Jeans for Genes day.
Click here to find out what Genes for Jeans is really all about.
Children in Need
Since 1980 Children in Need events have raised £740 Million to help disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
In 2019 we raised just over £1215.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported us to raise this fantastic amount of money.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.
THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL – OFSTED 2018.
DPA IS PROUD TO SUPPORT DARTFORD DEEDS NOT WORDS FOUNDATION