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ART ENRICHMENT DAY 2 – ‘ THE JOURNEY BACK TO UMBUNTU’

On Tuesday 31st January, we held our second of this year’s three Art Enrichment Days here at Sandgate Primary School.

The themes for this special day were ‘Journeys’, ‘Making a Change’ and ‘Humanity’, with a focus on the values we all share. We talked, as a Whole School, about the experiences of the journeys taken by refugees and migrants, who have fled their own countries due to conflicts happening there. The children gained a better understanding into the terminology of ‘refugee’, ‘migrant, ‘immigrant’ and ‘asylum’. These are terms that are used a lot in our World today and we felt it important that children understand what these mean.

We were very fortunate to have two fabulous visitors in our school to launch the project. We welcomed Alex Ntung, who had to leave his own country of Congo and, later, Rwanda and came to this country over 10 years ago as an asylum seeker himself and is now settled in the UK, working in education, careers guidance and international development. He was joined by Dr. Jonathan Barnes, a former Headteacher and Visiting Senior Research Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University, who also visits many schools around the country to work together with schools on themes of values, the arts and global citizenship.

Alex and Jonathan led two very well-received Key Stage Assemblies on Tuesday, focusing on what is meant by ‘Umbuntu’ ( it means ‘Shared values and Humanity’ in Zulu and many African languages). They also led workshops across the school, including Djembe drumming and Watercolour Master-classes.

The children were immersed in Art related to the themes and much of this will be displayed in the Main Hall and Small Hall after the mid- term break.

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