Minister for immigration receives 1,000 postcards from Bexley students
PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 June 2014
A school worked hard to raise awareness of the conflict in Syria and support Oxfam’s “Syria Seen and Heard” project.
Students from Townley Grammar School, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, took part in the “Postcards for Syria” campaign, where staff and pupils wrote messages of support and solidarity for refugee children.
This followed an assembly led by Assistant Headteacher Kim Anderson on the theme of social justice and the power of the collective voice, which included dramatic performances by Rebekah Evans, Priscilla Omojole and Bethan Burke who brought real Syrian stories to life by performing moving and poignant monologues.
Ms Anderson said: “I have been truly overwhelmed by the strength of feeling and support that Townley’s involvement with this campaign has evoked, there has been a phenomenal show of communal support and empathy for all of the children caught up in the Syrian conflict. From one assembly we have significantly raised awareness of a current world issue both in the school and wider community and have shown that by working together we have the potential to make a difference.”
Year 13 student, Omoye Osebor, officially presented the postcards to James Brokenshire, Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup and Immigration Minister at the Home Office, earlier this month.
After receiving the postcards, James Brokenshire spoke in detail to Townley students about the ways in which the British authorities are currently supporting the Syrian refugees and promised to “personally read every single postcard and ensure all the messages of support from Townley are acknowledged”.