Salford Schools of Sanctuary Press Release 28/11/2019
Three more Salford schools became Schools of Sanctuary this week by showing a genuine commitment to learning, embedding and sharing knowledge about asylum seeker and refugee children and families. The award was presented by the Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor McIntyre, to All Hallows High School, Ellesmere Park High School and St Philips CE Primary school at a wonderful celebration event at Buile Hill Banqueting Suite on 25th November. The event also recognised the achievement of individual asylum children who were excelling in some way. A total of fourteen asylum children were given prizes from Lark Hill Primary, Bridgewater Primary, Brentnall Primary, Lewis Street Primary, Buile Hill High, Harrop Fold High and The Albion High. Jeff Morgan, a national trustee of the City of Sanctuary explained about the history and rise of the Sanctuary movement from 2004 in Sheffield to over a hundred cities across the UK becoming Cities of Sanctuary. Highlights of the event included very moving presentations from young asylum seekers who spoke about their experiences, their journey to the UK and how grateful they were to have the opportunity to get an education and fulfil their hopes and dreams now they were safe. Kerril Casey, Head of Humanities at Ellesmere Park High, spoke about her experience of volunteering at the Calais camps and how this had impacted on her life and teaching. Music and entertainment was provided by Sanja, herself a refugee from Bosnia and now part of Music Action International, an organisation made up of people across the World using the power of creativity to overcome the effects of war, torture and armed conflict. The event was organised by Salford EMTAS who have supported a total of nine schools across the City inbecoming a School of Sanctuary.
For more information about becoming a School of Sanctuary or another organisation of Sanctuary please get in touch with Natalie Stables at [email protected] Salford EMTAS.