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Birchanger CofE Primary School lays on a week-long welcome for 12 refugee children



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A village school near Bishop's Stortford marked the arrival of 12 refugee children by holding a week of activities in their honour.

Existing pupils of Birchanger CofE Primary created pictures of welcome using pattern and colour to illustrate a positive image while the new arrivals wrote the word ‘welcome’ in their first language to add to the display.

Head teacher Claire Berry said the special week was about raising awareness and pupils learned all about their new friends as they led an assembly to introduce themselves.

Birchanger Primary School. Head teacher Claire Berry with her new pupils - all from the Ukraine. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57618309)
Birchanger Primary School. Head teacher Claire Berry with her new pupils - all from the Ukraine. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (57618309)

“In May our small school accepted 12 refugee children to join us. These children live in our village and have come from a range of countries, including Afghanistan and Ukraine.

“As soon as they were admitted our school community swept into action, donating clothes and uniform, with so many asking what they could do to help.

“For us it was a big change as we're a tiny school and have gone from having a single language to six!

"The refugees are just amazing and the stories behind them, and, of course, our refugee story lasts more than just one week.”



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