Hello to everyone at St Amand’s RC Primary in East Hendred who recently took part in a special workshop with our Education Volunteer, Kath Oldham during Refugee Week. The workshop, entitled ‘On the Move’, invited each young person to follow a refugee family on their journey to safety.
Mrs Ellery the Headteacher began the day by showing the children Samira’s story (click film below). Samira is from Syria and now lives in a Lebanon refugee camp.
The whole school then gathered together to simulate the journey of a family escaping from dangers of war. A picture map was used to chart the progress of the hazardous journey and the children were asked to choose what they would take with them from a list of belongings.
During the session, Kath led the children through different stages of the story. At each stage pupils had to make choices between what to leave behind and what to keep with them. These choices represented some of the real-life dilemmas which many refugees face.
After the activity, the children reflected on the decisions they had made during their journey and how they felt along the way.
They then went back to their classrooms to write prayers and messages of hope to refugees as well as a special CAFOD book.
Kath told us,
“It was was a fantastic morning and the school dedicated the whole day to the issue which is great!”
Thank you to Mrs Ellery, all the staff and children at St Amand’s for all your support and thank you too to Kath for facilitating such an important workshop.