A Day of Welcome – a day of solidarity and learning

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We are also the lead school in the ‘Welcomes’ initiative. Since 2018, Mr Rose Brown has worked in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and supported by City of Sanctuary and Amnesty International to develop an annual day of solidarity and learning that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers and to highlight little known stories of refugee migration. Initially this project was called Norfolk Welcomes and since 2018 103 Norfolk schools have participated. Due to its success the day has been rebranded as A Day of Welcome and is now open to schools from across the country. You can learn more about A Day of Welcome here.

Some highlights from celebrating Norfolk Welcomes and A Day of Welcome at Avenue Junior School:

A Day of Welcome 2020

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Some of our pupils, staff and parents and carers contributed to this Heritage Lottery-funded project uncovering the forgotten stories of Basque child refugees who sought sanctuary in Cambridge and Norfolk during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

Norfolk Welcomes 2019

A Patchwork of Strangers

Year 4 collaborated with pupils at Hellesdon High School to create a giant wall-hanging inspired by their half-termly topic, Norfolk’s history as a place of sanctuary. It was displayed in several locations throughout the city for Refugee Week. Hellesdon High pupils made a short documentary about the wall-hanging.