Is a place that fosters a culture of welcome and safety for people seeking sanctuary, including asylum seeking and refugee families.
Educates the whole school community about the human right to sanctuary and identifies practical means for schools to demonstrate that commitment.
Builds empathy and intercultural awareness through promoting the voices and contributions of people seeking sanctuary, encouraging an understanding of the experiences of displaced people and helping to combat stereotypes.
As part of our school vision we try hard to bear the Fruit of the Spirit and do good work so we are pleasing the Lord. Our work towards the School of Sanctuary award means we are showing many of the Fruit of the Spirit and using them to help others.
In 2020/21 we have worked hard to do the following:
Raise awareness of Interfaith relationships.
We held our Interfaith Week in November 2020
All families were invited to create and Interfaith Welcome Poster and the contributions were amazing. Watch out for these posters appearing around school.
Each class contributed some handkerchiefs to our 'Handkerchief of Hope Project' The handkerchiefs when placed together became our whole school welcome banner. Our banner welcomes everyone from any faith or no faith at all and reminds us we are all different, all equal.
We have built links with the Wirral Deen Centre.
Raise awareness of the difficult journeys refugees and asylum seekers experience.
Our pupils found out about what a refugee or asylum seeker is and about some of the ways we can be welcoming to those who are new to our school, Bebington, Wirral and beyond.
We built relationships with Heart4Refugees (a local charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Hoylake)
Our Reverse Advent Calendar helped us to be compassionate and collect food and toiletry items for the refugees and asylum seekers staying in Hoylake. Our school family were so generous.
We considered what we would take with us if we had to leave our homes suddenly, to escape danger.
Each class created a Christmas Care Bag to bring joy at Christmas. Each bag contained letters, messages, Christmas cards, a calendar and other items.
Our next steps:
Take part in Refugee week in June 2021
Find out more about our families and share some of the things we love about our differences.
Create welcome packs in our classes to welcome anybody who is new.
Care bags ready to be filled
One of two car loads for the refugees and asylum seekers in Hoylake
A care bag ready to go!
Our Reverse Advent Calendar Collections given to the refugees and asylum seekers.
Some of our work considering how we would feel if we had to leave our homes.
One of many fabulous books we focused on for Interfaith Week
Finding out about other faiths
Acting out other faith stories
Building links with Wirral Deen Centre creating squares to be part of a canvas in the Centre.
Learning about similarities between faiths.
Handkerchiefs of Hope
Our finished Interfaith Welcome Banner.
OUR INTERFAITH WELCOME BANNER
BLACK LIVES MATTER ART WORK
INTERFAITH FOCUS IN CLASS
One of many welcome posters designed by one of our families
At St Andrew's we welcome everyone because we are all different and all equal.
SCHOOL OF SANCTUARY COLLECTIVE WORSHIP 2021
We had a collective worship to think about what a School of Sanctuary is. Everyone considered what their place of sanctuary is and what we would need to do to make our school a place of sanctuary for anyone who needs it. Children in Y6 helped to lead the worship and shared their ideas about the meaning of the School of Sanctuary logo, as well as some story characters who can help us understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary such as Paddington Bear and the Three Little Pigs.
All the children had time to reflect on the worship with their teachers. We considered what it means for our school to become a School of Sanctuary.
REFUGEE WEEK June 2021
For Refugee Week 2021 we thought about the words of Martin Luther King "We Cannot Walk Alone". In our classes we are made Welcome Packs to welcome anyone to our class and show them we are friendly and kind.
We collected toiletries and food for the local refugee charity Hearts 4 Refugees as well as working with the Wirral Deen Centre to collect for some of the refugees within their community in Birkenhead.
Each class made a piece of art work to be used at St Peter's in Rock Ferry, which is the new base for Hearts 4 Refugees , to create an environment of sanctuary and welcome for any refugees using the services provided.
Year Six, Five and Four had the opportunity to meet some refugees, hear their stories and ask questions. This was a very special experience for our children and we were so glad to be able to hear about the experiences of refugees and reflect on their journeys.
Our worship during Refugee Week focused on courage and how we can all take comfort in the fact God is with us. We will be focusing on this Bible verse from Joshua,
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord
your God is with you wherever you go.”
We had a special reflection walk on Friday enabling all of our school community to write a postcard reflecting on Refugee Week. As we walked, songs chosen by the children will be played. These songs make us feel safe, happy, or welcome.
Just some of the art heading to St Peter's in Rock Ferry, to make refugees feel welcome as they use the facilities provided by Hearts4 Refugees.
A small sample of some of our Welcome Packs
Each class now has a welcome pack.
Our Reflection Walk
"We Cannot Walk Alone"
Helping local refugees...
We collected toiletries and food items for Hearts 4 Refugees and the Wirral Deen Centre during Refugee Week. The generosity of our school community was overwhelming.
INTERFAITH LINKS CONTINUE DURING REFUGEE WEEK
In a week when we are thinking about extending the hand of friendship and walking together, Mrs Clark was really pleased to pop in to the Wirral Deen Centre on Tuesday 15th June to present some art work from our school. The Wirral Deen Centre were hosting a lunch for local refugees supported by local charities.
The art work presented was created with contributions from our children as they learnt about Islam during the school closures. They looked at Islamic art and used what they learnt to inspire their own tile. This art will now be placed in the Wirral Deen Centre and reminds us all of the special links we have with our Muslim friends.
As part of our work to become a School of Sanctuary, we wanted to learn more about our families. Our Global Connections Questionnaire enabled families to share with us information about their connections around the world. It was really interesting and exciting to find out about languages which are spoken in our families, special celebrations, recipes from different cultures and some of the important links we have to the rest of the world.
As part of Refugee Week, we wanted to share some of the information with a special display. The focus for Refugee Week is "We cannot walk alone." Our families are very important and we wanted to celebrate togetherness. Even though some of our family members are far away, we know we are never alone.
Families were invited to send a photograph to be added to our world map showing our connections around the world.
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
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2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
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To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
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7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
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Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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