Community Choir re-launches as Choir of Sanctuary – first session Monday 5th February 6pm

Choir of Sanctuary, New for 2018!

The Avenues community choir has been going for a year now and are re-launching as the Choir of Sanctuary (the UK’s first!). We are extending a warm welcome to anyone connected with Norwich’s Schools of Sanctuary initiative to join our ranks.

So if you enjoy singing on your own or with others, if you’re a keen singer and also a parent/carer, member of staff or pupil at one of the network schools, a refugee or asylum seeker, or anyone who works to support Norwich’s newly arrived families, we’d love to hear from you.

We will start our singing again on Monday 5th February at 6pm.

Our friendly, informal choir has been meeting for just over year. Don’t worry about your singing not being good enough – enthusiasm is more important than experience, and there are no auditions (or solos!). Led by a professional music teacher, our sessions work to build the performance of a diverse range of songs. In the last few months we’ve sung Let It Be, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and a song in Zulu (sometimes you have to earn the free biscuits).

Sessions run 6–7pm every Monday in term time and are free of charge; for more details, please email

Please spread the word and come and join us!


Refugee Action Group Meeting

We are having a meeting of the school Refugee Action Group 3.30-4.15pm on Tuesday, 5th December.

Members of the group were involved in many of our School of Sanctuary projects last year and this year there are lots more opportunities and events that we need your help with!

In particular we are looking for people interested in working on the mural in the playground (it will be our ‘welcome wall’) and people to help with the organisation and promotion of Norfolk Welcomes: a day of action on displacement in schools across the county that Mr Brown is coordinating.

Come along to the meeting, if you’d like to know more or get involved. Everyone is welcome!

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Mr Brown

If you are unable to attend but would still like to be involved, please speak to Mr Brown or contact the office.

Would you like to research Norfolk’s history as a place of sanctuary?

As a School of Sanctuary we are taking a lead to promote children’s understanding of displacement not just in our school but across the county.

To this end, Norwich Schools of Sanctuary, Anglia Ruskin University, The Common Lot and Amnesty International are collaborating to organise a day of action in schools across Norfolk on Friday 20th April 2018.

Norfolk Welcomes will see schools across the county deliver assemblies and lessons to raise awareness of the experiences of displaced people (refugees and asylum seekers) and to connect pupils with Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary and refuge.
We plan to mark the day with a range of activities.

This work will be underpinned by historical research and a team of  citizen researchers is being built for this project. Led by Jeanette Baxter of Anglia Ruskin University, they will work alongside teachers to conduct new research, and to develop educational resources.

Please see the documents below or visit our website if you are interested in joining the research or education team!

Jake Brown
Norwich Schools of Sanctuary Lead

Citizen Research Opportunity Information

Project Overview

Teacher Opportunity Information

Supporting local refugee communities – volunteering opportunities in Norwich

As you may be aware, Norwich welcomed some refugees from Syria earlier this year. As part of the support offered, the council organised a creche for babies and pre-school children to enjoy whilst the adults attended English classes. I am fortunate enough to volunteer there and am appealing to those of you seeking the opportunity to play, laugh and contribute to the wellbeing of these amazing children. The creche is open from 10-2pm, Monday to Thursday and is managed by crèche manager Jacqui Ramm and a team of volunteers.

Volunteering fits in with your life so you choose your hours, for example I volunteer once a week for 4 hours during term time. You not only have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the children’s lives, but you have the joy of getting to know their families and the rest of the volunteering team.

Please do stop me in the playground if you would like to talk about it further or please complete an application form which will be sent to the People from Abroad Team.

Your help and support would be very much appreciated.

Maria Sweetman