Part of the City of Sanctuary movement, Schools of Sanctuary is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the good practice of schools who welcome asylum seeking and refugee families and foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for all.
Schools of Sanctuary help their pupils, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.
Our school was instrumental in launching Norwich Schools of Sanctuary and is the hub of a network of local schools committed to responding positively to the refugee crisis across the globe and supporting local refugee communities.
Currently seven schools in the county have been recognised with the award and we were proud to host the launch event in June at which they were awarded this status by Clive Lewis MP.
- Raising more than £1500 to purchase new mattresses for 14 families fleeing the Syrian war to resettle in Norwich
- Each class in school making a card to welcome the Syrian families to our community
- A very active Refugee Week including History lessons, as well as PSHE, exploring Norwich’s rich history as a city of sanctuary
- Working with BBC voices to make a short documentary about our school’s journey to become a School of Sanctuary
- The filming of 5B’s class poem written in response to Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem We Refugees
- The development of bespoke workshops and school trips with local organisations such as Norwich Writers’ Centre, Strangers’ Hall, The Friendship and Norfolk Record Office
- The establishment of a Refugee Action Group at school with more than 40 members
- The creation of a website for Norwich Schools of Sanctuary
- The creation of Arabic-English resources for the nursery that hosts the infants of the resettled Syrian families
All these projects required the hard work, generosity skills and dedication of countless people in our school community. It was a real community effort!
We have many exciting plans for this year and hope that, as last year, our parents, staff, pupils and wider school community will pull together and work towards building a culture of welcome and inclusion in our school, in our community and in our city.