Celebration of 13 new Schools of Sanctuary in Northern Ireland at Belfast City Hall

As part of Good Relations Week on 20 September 2018, 13 further schools from across Belfast and Derry/Londonderry have been recognised for achieving the ‘School of Sanctuary’ award.

Last updated: 30/05/2019

Pupils and students from the 13 schools showcased some of their work at the event in Belfast City Hall which was attended by Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Hargey, EA Chairperson Sharon O’Connor and Mark Browne, TEO, Director of Strategic Policy, Equality and Good Relations.

Speaking at the event, Belfast Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Hargey said: ‘I have been greatly impressed by the work of all the children present today. They have shown us a great example of how we can all be more welcoming to families and children who need to feel their school is a place of sanctuary. Belfast is a welcoming city and as a council we would encourage many more of our schools to achieve School of Sanctuary status.’

The schools completed a series of developmental challenges, including Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School in Belfast who introduced new multi-lingual signs in the school, playground and garden. The school also hosted international visitors from Uganda to help their pupils find out more about migration and other difficult situations around the world.

The programme is supported through a partnership between the Urban Villages Initiative, EA’s Intercultural Education Service and the Belfast City of Sanctuary. A further 20 schools will be supported over the next two years.

The 13 new Schools of Sanctuary are:

Long Tower Primary Primary School

Malone Integrated College

Donegall Road Primary School

Elmgrove Primary School

Holy Evangelists’ Primary School

St Kieran’s Primary School

Christ the Redeemer Primary School

The Good Shepherd Primary School

Mercy College

Holy Cross Girls’ Primary School

Sacred Heart Primary School

St Joseph’s College

Cliftonville Integrated Primary School