What is a School of Sanctuary?
A School of Sanctuary is a school which is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary.
It is a place for those whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a place where they feel safe.
It is a school which helps its pupils, staff and wider community understand what it is like to seek sanctuary.
It is a place which extends a warm welcome to all and values everyone as being equal, valued members of the school community.
It is a school which is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its pupils, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
Schools of Sanctuary is a growing network with more than 350 primary and secondary schools all committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome, and raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers.
Refugee Week 2021
This year Refugee Week will be held from 14th-20th June 2021.
The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an invitation to extend your hand to someone new.
“Reach out to the people you don’t know. Find the unfamiliar, hold out your hand…
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June.
In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
This week the children will learn what life may be like for a refugee.
That refugees are real people, just like us who we can welcome.
That God is three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This poem was inspired by some of the children in our school who have, at some point in their lives, been troubled or encountered hardship. The thoughts and actions of others towards these children have convinced us that Christ exists in our school and in each and every one of us. ‘David’ represents any child who has ever needed the help and support of another. Those who helped him, allowed us to see that Christ is in us all – we simply need to show him from time to time.
“The life of each of us has an influence on others.”
(Book of Wisdom – Old Testament)