Wear the bear and support refugees: T Shirts

Hi all,

It wouldn’t be the Xmas rush coming up if there weren’t a new piece of Newham Convoys to Calais Paddington Bear merchandise….

This time we have returned to the Migration is not a Crime T shirt, but now in three different colours: grey, mint and sky. We have them in small, medium, large and extra large. Remarkably, prices remain frozen for yet another year at £8 for one, £15 for two and £20 for three.

All proceeds go directly to Care4Calais and its work in France and Belgium.Care4Calais. "Wear the Bear and Support Refugees" sales poster.1) Would you like to buy a shirt or shirts? Ideal for family and friends’ presents, secret Santas, irritating unpopular family members or workmates etc. You know the score….

2) Could you advertise these at work, in your network, via facebook or twitter (I have no idea how to do that….) or in any other outlet?

3) Could you sell some of these at work or in your networks? Please use the order form attached and let us know how many you can sell for us. We’d rather have orders in advance, but we could give you a small sample pack (one of each colour) if you think it would help you sell.

Please contact us about any orders, adverts or suggestions either at this email:

or by phone on 07736 812 366. If you are local we can deliver and if you are further afield we can post you shirts but you’ll have to pay the postage.

The refugees may not be in the headlines much now, but they are still there, still cold in the winter and still in need of our support and solidarity. They also need us to campaign for their right for a safe, legal and dignified way of seeking refuge here. The shirts really help to do that.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Newham Convoys to Calais (Care4Calais) Merchandise Order Form
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Newham Convoys to Calais (Care4Calais) Merchandise Poster
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Report from Calais and Next Trip

Hi all,

Attached (below) please find the latest report from Calais, where several of us were working last week and at the foot of this post, the video download from one of the Paris refugee support workers.

The next trip to Calais is the weekend of December 9th – 10th. Some people are going for both days with an overnight stay. Others may just go for Saturday 9th. If you are interested in going, please email back so we can sort out transport.

It would be good to take donations of goods and money, so more details to follow soon of fundraising schemes. (and yes, it does involve more Paddington Bear merchandise). If you’d like to donate clothes, shoes, sleeping bags etc, please refer to the Care4Calais items list at www.care4calais.org/donate.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. Thanks, all.



Report October 2017
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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 probett@hotmail.co.uk , 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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