Care 4 Calais Report

Hi all.

Care4Calais is operating at full tilt at the moment and also gearing up for winter, when conditions will be especially harsh. So three things:

Trip to Calais
We have volunteers going over to Calais on October 22nd and probably staying for the week. If you would like to come, please email me to arrange (or just to get further details). It’s likely we’ll have at least two cars going, so plenty of space.

Vans & Drivers
Care4Calais often needs drivers to take over larger donations. If you have a van, trailer or big car and would be prepared to do an occasional delivery run, please let me know and I’ll pass on your details. They would then contact you direct if a job comes up. No obligation, but it’s good to have as many potential vans as possible on the books.

Attached is the latest C4C wanted list. In October we can carry things over. Please stick to the list, however, as they don’t want things which can’t be used. Biggest priority of all at the moment is men’s waterproof coats. And of course money, which is used primarily for buying food and fuel for the vans, which are still going regularly to Dunkirk, Brussels and Paris as well as the Calais area. If you can donate anything, please let me know and we’ll collect.

Thanks, as always, for your support.


Latest “Donation Requested” list
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You can contact Andy via Image of email address for contacts at NTA

Andy Brown is a longstanding Newham NEU member and a Care4Calais activist.

Prize-giving – “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Competition

The NTA “Refugees Are Welcome Here” schools competition prize-giving was hosted by Essex Primary School. Eight of the winners and their families were able to attend to receive their certificates and book tokens presented by John Newman of Newham Bookshop. All schools who entered received thank you certificates and some children also received Highly Commended certificates. Each school who did not have winners was given a book for their school library.
Our President, Peg Probett, would like to thank everyone who took part. The quality and sensitivity demonstrated in the poems and posters was very moving. Perhaps our politicians could learn more humanity from our young people!

Prize-giving - "Refugees Are Welcome Here" 2017 Competition

We are the words, we are the voice…

Message received from Refugee Week organisers:

Our Shared Future banner
Our Shared Future banner

“Remember ‘Everyday People’ by Sly & the Family Stone? Yes, that one. Well you’ll be pleased to hear it’s back, thanks to a group of young refugees and asylum seekers who have rewritten it with their own message of peace and unity – and they want you to sing it with them this Refugee Week.

The group, ‘Everyday People: LDN’, is a project by Guardian award-winning charity Music Action International, who have teamed up with Refugee Week and British Red Cross to create a teaching resource for schools using this inspiring new song.
The song is a powerful and energetic way for Key Stage 2 pupils to connect with the experiences of their peers who have experienced displacement – learning a few words of Lingala while they’re at it.

Everyday People LDN Group Photo.
Everyday People LDN Group

Refugee Week schools resources
‘Everyday People’ is one of a whole range of Refugee Week educational resources available for young people of all ages – visit our website to explore.

Our Shared Future Tee-Shirt
Our Shared Future Tee-Shirt


Our Shared Future t-shirt

This brand new design is still available from our online shop, where you can also order the classic blue Refugee Week t-shirt, badges, balloons and more, as well as your free Refugee Week 2017 posters and postcards.”


Refugee Week
Refugee Week is coordinated and managed by:

Newham Teachers’ Association runs a “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition every year. You and your school are warmly invited to participate.

Refugee Poetry Competition: “Refugees Are Welcome Here”

Schools can run the competition during Refugee Week 2017, 19th – 25th June, as either a class or home activity. However it can be run at any time before this to suit your school diary and curriculum . The entries for each phase should be judged by the end of the end of the week, 26th – 30th June, and the winning entries sent to be considered in the Newham competition ASAP by 4pm on 4th July 2017.

See Newham Teachers’ Association web page for full details
Refugee Competition

“Refugees are welcome here” Competition

Timetable for

‘Refugees are Welcome Here’
Newham Schools Competition 2017

• Competition to be run in schools [during Refugee Week or before]
• These entries to be judged in individual schools

Then, asap (Deadline 16h00 03/07/2017):
1st, 2nd & 3rd winners in each category entries to be sent / delivered to
Newham Teachers’ Association,
C/O Newham Town Hall,
Barking Road,
E6 2RP

• Entries to be judged by independent panel
• Schools to be informed by email of results by 9am Friday 7th July
• Winning children, families and teachers invited to prize-giving event
• Prize-giving event to be held week beginning Monday 12th July [final date & venue tbc] . This will begin at 5pm and last approximately an hour.

Full details and all competition papers can be seen on the Refugee Poetry Competition webpage

Refugee Poetry Competition

“Refugees Are Welcome Here”

You are reminded that the NTA competition is running again this year. Please enter your school.

“I commend too the work of the Newham Division for whom raising the issue of refugees and migrants has been ongoing over many years. The competitions they have run have inspired many a Newham student. This is a project that other Divisions might well seek to emulate “.
Christine Blower: 2016 NUT Annual Conference

Refugee Poetry Competition – NTA website page devoted to the competition.

Refugee Week [20th to 26th June 2017]

Refugee Week Schools Poetry Competition 2017

As a result of the ongoing refugee crisis, Newham Teachers’ Association has decided to continue to run our Refugee Week Schools Competition for 2017. Please ask your HT to confirm that your school will take part. Details for the competition are available to download from our website. A letter has been sent to all HTs.

Portrait Of Five Children Having Fun Outdoors TogetherSchools can run the competition during Refugee Week 2017, 19th – 25th June, as either a class or home activity. However it can be run at any time before this to suit your school diary and curriculum . The entries for each phase should be judged by the end of the end of the week, 26th – 30th June, and the winning entries sent to be considered in the Newham competition ASAP by 4pm on 4th July 2017.
Child refugee with backpack, walking alone
A local prize giving event will take place at in July to which winners and their parents will be invited.

Email , or ask your HT to use the form on the letter which has gone to all HTs.


Download copies of competition documents:

NTA Letter to HTs
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Lesson Ideas for competition
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Timetable for competition
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Task KS1
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Task LKS2
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Task UKS2
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Task KS3
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“Refugees Are Welcome Here”

NTA Schools 2016 Competition Winners.

Another successful “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition has just been held by Newham Teachers’ Association.

Finalists from each participating school, together with their families, were invited to Essex Primary School for a celebratory event and prize giving on 14/07/2016.

Christine Blower presented the prizes.

Competition group photo
Competition group photo

The NTA thanks Christine for her support and encouragement of the event.
Thanks also to all the schools which participated and ensured the success of the competition.

Prize winning entries:

1st Prize KS 1

1st Prize Lower KS 2

1st Prize Upper KS 2

1st Prize KS 3

Newham Teachers’ Association has held this annual competition for many years now and some previous entries were recently published nationally by the NUT: Newham Refugee Poetry Book 2015/16


Hand clasp. Refugee solidarity.
Solidarity With Refugees

The Union has a long-standing commitment to supporting refugee children and their teachers. Please look out for the “Refugees Are Welcome Here” Poetry Competition again next year.


Refugee Poetry Competition – Timetable Change

Please note that the timetable for the “Refugees Are Welcome Poetry Competition” has been changed.

The new timetable can be downloaded here:
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If you have a copy of the original timetable don’t forget to replace it with the new version.

The word "Poetry" being written on blackboard.

New version = PDF document
Title = “Timetable for newham schools.pdf”
Reference “PP/REFCOMP2016/b” printed on document.

Old version = Word document
Title = “Refugees are welcome here timetable.doc”
Reference “PP/REFCOMP2016/a” printed on document

Refugee Competition

As a result of the ongoing refugee crisis Newham Teachers’ Association has decided to run our Refugee Week Schools Competition for 2016.

This competition is also being rolled out nationally through the NUT so that competitors in local associations have the opportunity not only to win and attend a local prize – giving but also to compete nationally.

Your Head Teacher will have received a letter with a participation slip for completion and return to Newham Teachers’ Association.

We encourage you to take part in the event.

A Refugee Competition page has been created on our website. Details for the completion can be found there.

If more convenient all documents relating to the competition can be found here.

(Note: For LKS2 & UKS2 Word docs, download and open them with Word. Opening in Google Documents does not display Word formatting correctly. Those 2 docs are also in pdf for those that wish to view in Google Documents.)