A host of special events took place in Refugee Week (16th – 22nd June 2007) at Fir Vale School as students aimed to raise awareness across the city of refugee issues, as well as promoting understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.
Students worked with the British Red Cross to fill collection bags for Red Cross shops in Sheffield and Doncaster. They filled the bags with clothes, bedding, toys, books, games, CDs, DVDs and other items to sell to raise money for the organisation.
Qais Aryan, a refugee from Afghanistan, was guest speaker at the school, talking about his experiences from having his education interrupted in Afghanistan, to fleeing the country and living illegally in Iran before arriving in England. Year 10 students listened to his story and then wrote a biography of his life for their English project.
Refugee Week was also the theme for producing pieces of creative writing, making banners and flags in Art lessons, and making and tasting food from different cultures in Food Technology, as well as various projects in Mathematics, Drama and Business Studies.