Schools of Sanctuary

St. Columba’s are proud to announce that we have been recognised as a School of Sanctuary.

The Schools of Sanctuary are a national network of over 380 primary and secondary schools, all committed to creating a culture of welcome and inclusion for refugees and people seeking asylum.
St. Columba’s has just applied to become a School of Sanctuary supported by the Walking With Project in Wallsend.

Our School of Sanctuary Pledge:

“We support the ‘City of Sanctuary’ vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We endorse the City of Sanctuary Charter, and agree to act in accordance with City of Sanctuary values and apply the network principles within our work (as far as our specific context enables us to).

We recognise the contribution of people seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary seekers are welcomed, included and supported within our context. We expect our branches or local group to support their local City of Sanctuary group if one exists, and will facilitate contact between them and their local City of Sanctuary group.”

Our pupils’ have pledged to:

All pupils at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School pledge our support to refugee children and their families. We aim to: –

Give you a big smile!
Make you feel welcome in our classroom
Introduce you to other children
Involve you in all of the sporting activities we do.
Show you all the interesting parts of our school like the ICT
suite, dinner hall, toilets, playground, fields and the office
Explain how our classroom environment works with books,
pens, equipment and resources
Find out your interests and what games you like to play
Support you if anyone is unkind to you
Help you to learn our language and learn some of yours
Be gentle about your past experiences
Be respectful about your beliefs and culture
Be there for you when you are upset, homesick or under
the weather
Get to know you and help you through this journey

Make you feel at home

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