St Bernard's Catholic Primary School

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School of Sanctuary

We first started our journey to become a school of sanctuary in the Spring of 2021. Since then, we have embraced ways to become a School of Sanctuary and have learned a great deal. This page is dedicated to documenting our journey on becoming a School of Sanctuary and keeping our parents, parish and wider community up-to-date with our latest achievements. 


What is a School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking a place of sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a safe space. A School of Sanctuary is a place that promotes a welcoming culture and a place of safety to those seeing sanctuary, including asylum-seeking and refugee families. It is a school that builds empathy and awareness of such issues and encourages children, parents, staff and the wider community to welcome those seeking sanctuary. 

A School of Sanctuary helps its school community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.

To show our SOLIDARITY with refugees every child in school created a paper chain link with a message of support and love. We created a giant paper chain which we displayed on the school railings on the main road for passers-by to see. 

Refugee Week 2021:
Every class had a different text to inspire them to think about the lives of Refugees and how we should support them. We wrote letters to refugees and learned about why people become refugees.