This year we have been working towards becoming a
School of Sanctuary.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, such as asylum seekers and refugees or people who have troubles at home and are looking for a space of safety. As a school, we have been helping our students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal and valued members of the school community.
There are 3 principles of being a School of Sanctuary:
Our children have been learning about why people may have to leave their homes and go to a different country, how it might feel for these children to leave everything they know behind and ways that we can welcome newly arrived children into our school.
The children have taken part in:
- role play drama activities, acting out a journey from a far away country
-producing art work of houses that have been destroyed by war, flood or earthquake
-group discussions/writing about how leaving home would feel
- deciding what they would take with them/leave behind if leaving their homes in a hurry
-KS1 assembly focused on asylum seekers and refugees
-reading stories about the topic of asylum seekers and refugees
-discussions and role play activities about how to make somebody who cannot speak very much English feel welcome
-Multicultural sessions, learning about the Muslim faith
-Y2 drama workshop in July, will focus on the topic of feeling welcome for Refugee Week
We have links with schools in Kenya, Morocco and Spain. Engaging with children in other countries creates an excellent opportunity to understand the rich and diverse cultures and enhance the mutual respect that we all value at Sudley Infant School. If you have family members with children who attend schools in other countries it would be good to link up - please contact Mrs Bosworth.
Watch this space for further news!