Our Lady and St Joseph Catholic Primary School

A Newman Partnership School within the Diocese of Portsmouth

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School of Sanctuary

December 2021

School of Sanctuary
Our Lady and St Joseph are the first school in New Forest to achieve a “School of Sanctuary Award!”
We are so pleased that The Schools of Sanctuary awarding panel have recognised what a welcoming and special place Our Lady and St Joseph Primary is. 

Achieving School of Sanctuary status is a rigorous process which acknowledges
the school’s commitment to embracing values that are seated in equal worth of all.
This has taken all of the school community on a journey, focussing on supporting
local basic needs, discussions and action around the need to spread opportunity and
life chances and finally, to target and challenge unjustified inequalities. Pupils and
staff at Our Lady and St Joseph have worked tirelessly to ensure their school
community is a safe, warm and welcoming haven for all, where learners thrive.

As part of their work towards the award, pupils have learned more sanctuary for
those at home and across the globe. They have learned about the plight of refugees
and asylum seekers around the world. Our children are united in their aim to ensure
that our school is a place of refuge for all those in need. 

December 2020

OLSJ's Journey to Becoming a School of Sanctuary.mp4

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Year 6 Speeches

Children in Year 6 have written their own persuasive speeches during Autumn 2.

After reading and hearing speeches by Martin Luther King and Angelina Jolie, pupils were inspired to write their own speeches about injustice issues close to their heart. Children have been busy researching around their topics to include relevant case studies, facts and statistics. They have also worked hard to think about the purpose and features of persuasive writing, to connect with their audience.


Some of our pupils have recorded their speeches as news reports! You can watch them here!

*Please note there are more to come!

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