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Refugee Week: School Workshops June ’23

Our thanks to Exeter City Council for the grant we received towards our #Refugee Week Schools  project. A huge thanks also to Devon Ukrainian Association, whose members helped deliver the workshops- and also to the wonderful children and staff we worked with at 9 primary schools. In all we worked with 1200 children!

Assemblies/Workshops:  We visited 6 primary schools within Exeter:  Newtown, Alphington, St Gabriel’s, St. Nicholas, Montgomery, and Ladysmith. We also ran assemblies/workshops at Ide, Stoke Canon and Clyst St Mary schools. The assemblies involved the whole school or KS2, while the workshops were with either year 5 or 6 or both and had a very positive response from all the children and staff at each school.

“Thank you so much for your time on Monday. The Year 6 team was very impressed with the morning and enjoyed it very much.“     Katrina Way Headteacher Montgomery Primary
Our team of three teachers were joined during the week by Ukrainian refugee speakers who talked about their lived experiences of being a refugee. Their accounts, which formed part of our presentation, were very moving and brought alive for everyone the difficulties, but also also the positive experiences, of coming to this country. They also  spent time talking with the children, answering questions. 

Orange Hearts of Welcome :  The  hearts the children made reflected their ideas and feelings, and they wrote a message on one side for sanctuary seekers living and  arriving in Exeter while decorating the other side .These hearts were then displayed at the Refugee celebratory event ,Transit Shed on Exeter Quay on Saturday 24th June. They added a a great splash of colour, but also many people commented on the messages from the children and how moving they were. Many of those resettled or seeking asylum in Exeter participated /attended alongside members of the public. With a full programme of music , activities, food and stalls, this was a real celebration of refugees.