School of Sanctuary
What a fantastic 'Amazing Africa Day' we have had today!
We would like to thank all of the parents that have helped make today so successful. We had an amazing 11 parents come in and talk to the children about their home country. We have had parents from Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Congo, Sudan, Ghana and Zimbabwe come in and share clothing, ceramics, pieces of hand craft and even some food!
The children have had an amazing day celebrating Africa, every class has had an African drumming lesson from Omar and all the classes have learnt about their chosen country, made some traditional crafts and listened to African music.
It has been a fantastic celebration and so lovely to see our children of African heritage wearing their traditional clothes.
Amazing Africa Day - 1st April 2022
Amazing Africa Day!
On Friday 1st April we will be having an Amazing Africa Day in school. Each class has chosen a different African Country to focus on and the day will be full of music, crafts and fun!
We are looking for parent volunteers to come into school and be part of our special day. We are looking for people who could;
- Talk to a small group of children about their home country
- Share traditional clothing or items
- Tell a traditional story
- Cook some traditional African food.
- Just come and be part of our celebration!
If you are interested in helping please let the office know. We will be having a short meeting after school on Wednesday 23rd March. We really hope you can make it.
Welcome to St Paul's Catholic Primary School
We have been working hard to try and make St Paul's a welcoming environment to everyone. Our new posters in the foyer area say welcome in lots of different languages!
Together for Refugees - The Orange Heart Campaign
To show that here at St Paul’s we support Refugees every child in school decorated an orange heart, which was then displayed on the library windows for everyone to see.
The orange heart is a symbol of the Together with Refugees campaign and represents compassion for people fleeing war and persecution. Inspired by the refugee nation flag, and the colours of a lifebelt, the heart symbolises hope and kindness.
Refugee Week 2021
Throughout Refugee week we have shared assemblies where we looked at what it is to be a refugee and what challenges refugees face at every step of their journey.
We shared the story of Ruth. Ruth is a 13 year old girl from Eritrea who had to leave her home as she was being forced into marriage. In our class groups we discussed Ruth’s journey and how she felt at each part of it. We were surprised at what Ruth had to go through to get to England, and how much she had to sacrifice.
We then had to imagine that we were refugees and had to leave our homes very quickly. We had to pick 6 items to carry in a bag on our back from our home. We had lots of discussion around what we would take and why. It’s interesting to find out what items people would take in an emergency.
We also talked about what we can do as a school for any children that might join us who are refugees. The children showed deep compassion and empathy during these discussions. It was decided that being kind, showing them what to do and helping them learn some English would be the important things that would make someone feel welcome if they were new to our school.