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St Paul's Signs Up To Become Refugee Welcome School

Students speaking at the refugee welcome breakfast

St Paul’s Catholic School has signed up to become one of six schools in Milton Keynes to commit themselves to achieving Refugee Welcome Schools accreditation.  Students made their pledge at the breakfast launch of the Refugee Welcome Schools initiative on Thursday 29th November, hosted by Grant Thornton LLP and Dentons LLP ULMEA. 

This initiative promotes and supports a new standard for the awareness, welcome and action, which a school pledges to undertake in support of refugee and other new students in their school.  During the event students Annie, Leo and Bevan spoke about why it is important that we welcome refugees into schools.  Annie said: “We have some children in the school who can’t speak English when they get here, so we have an EAL Department which helps them.  This help means they feel less isolated and part of our community.” 

Students and teachers from St Paul’s were very moved by the testimonies of Syrian refugees who spoke about how their children had missed out on years of education because of war and how much they valued the warm welcome they had received since settling in Milton Keynes.  They talked about some of the support which was valuable to them, such as assistance with the English language, and how students in class should have an active role in helping new students to cope. 

The event was attended by 40 people from 18 institutions and was organised by Citizens:mk, in partnership with NASWUT.  It was co-chaired by Kurshida Mirza and Hala Afify, members of the Citizens:mk Leadership Group.

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