UNICEF and Sanctuary
We are a place of sanctuary and encourage children to be individuals and to become authentically themselves when they enter our school.
We welcome all families into our setting and embrace all walks of life. It is important for us to build strong relationships with families and embrace diversity, as we are very keen to celebrate the uniqueness of each family that joins our school.
We challenge children to be thoughtful and take into consideration the thoughts and feelings of others. We provide children with a safe space to listen, enquire, explore, sometimes forgive and embed their own values and beliefs. We look towards our methods of embracing spirituality in school and teach children how to understand their own faith/self, coming from a place of deep understanding. We teach children to show patience, by learning lots about other faiths, cultures and ways of life- even if it differs from their own, this links strongly to the British Values too. We highlight the importance of sharing celebrations, customs and traditions in a culturally appropriate way so children can explore a wide variety of special moments with their peers and learn lots about the world around them.
We look to the Story of the Good Samaritan as a way of guiding our learning and practise. This story explores and helps children understand that helping others is a necessity and although we may be different, we are all special and deserve to have a place of sanctuary offered to us.
As part of UNICEF, we have nominated in-school ‘Ambassadors’ who are responsible for ensuring our school is up-to-date with local and global news (from child-friendly resources). These are children who have developed a strong sense of social justice and understand issues from a ‘rights’ prospective.
Our next steps, as part of Article 12, will be to ask the Ambassadors what they would include in a Child Development Plan and to help make decisions about their learning. What they could do to improve mental well-being at school.
As part of Sanctuary the Ambassadors will ask for a whole school initiative to create cards for new arrivals and also make some boxes up using fundraising donations to give to new arrivals to Dover.
As part of Harvest the Ambassadors will help bag up the donated food to send to the Food Bank.
The Ambassadors will also host an assembly (termly) to talk through what is happening in the media to provide a stimulus for children and young people to take action.
Next steps UNICEF: