Bromley International Schools Cluster to recite poetry as part of Syria support campaign

PUBLISHED: 12:57 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 18 April 2016

Staff and students from the Bromley International Schools Cluster at the Syria conference

Staff and students from the Bromley International Schools Cluster at the Syria conference


More than 500 children and students have written emotively on the refugee crisis

A group of Bromly schools are coming together this week to raise awareness of global issues among their pupils locally and globally.

The Bromley International Schools Cluster has worked to support children in Syria and the surrounding region in a number of activities over recent months.

More than 500 children and students have written emotively on the refugee crisis following the launch of an international poetry competition in September by the cluster.

Their work even took them to a Supporting Syria and the Region summit in the capital back in February, where they represented the British Council.

Now, a recital evening of Words and Music is to be held on Wednesday evening at St Olave’s Grammar School to celebrate the work of students in the borough.

Voices of Syrian refugee students - including a filmed message to world leaders expressing their longing for peace - will be played to the audience and Bromley pupils will respond in poetry.

Sir Vincent Fean, former general consul to Jerusalem, former British ambassador of Libya and senior diplomat in the Middle East will be the guest of honour at the event.

Founder and coordinator of the cluster and British Council Ambassador, Haleh Ryall said: “This is an unprecedented crisis and as educators we have a responsibility to raise awareness amongst our community and support for innocent victims of the conflict and to teach our next generation about the value of peace.”

The head adjudicator, Sezgin Kemal, who judged the poetry added: “It was heartening to read so many sincere, strong responses to the refugee theme highlighting the significance of the current Syrian tragedy.

“Students from St Olave’s Grammar School, Newstead Wood School for Girls, Langley Park School for Girls, Farringtons School, St James’s RC Primary School, Darrick Wood Junior School, Bromley High along with international schools St Antonine School in Beirut, Jesus and Mary in Beirut, Douris Intermediate School in Baalbeck, St Martiniere School Kolkata, Watteau International College in Nogent Sur Marne in France, responded with sensitivity, imagination and detail crafting together the experiences of abandonment and horror.”

The partnerships between the schools and those in the Middles East were formed in 2010 to promote better understanding of the changing global world, and the schools have participated in a number of activities, such as simultanously planting trees to symbolically bring together students with very different life experiences.

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