Art Club pupils display work in Stormont

The Art Club in Bangor Grammar School undertook an Art/Citizenship (LLW) Project in association with The British Red Cross. They explored the relatively misrepresented topic of refugees and asylum seekers. The pupils have created a poster based on their own general misconceptions and stereotypical opinions of refugees and asylum seekers. The British Red Cross have taken several sessions to educate the boys on refugees and asylum seekers with an aim to

challenge their existing views. To conclude this project, the students created an educational poster based on the information and truths they have discovered. This will be displayed in school in an attempt to educate the rest of the school community on the facts surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.

As a conclusion to this, the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) organised an event to launch Refugee Week (15th-21st June) in Stormont Parliament Buildings. The boys were invited to attend and showcase the work they had produced. Jamie Neill, Andrew Kent and Jonathan Hunter from Year 9 and Andrew Greer and Emilio Torres from Year 8 accepted the invitation, along with Mr. Morrow, to attend the launch event. Jennifer McCann MLA opened the event followed by several speakers who raised the profile of refugees in Northern Ireland. They talked of the situations refugees and asylum seekers face in their home countries

explaining why they have to flee their homelands. The boys had the opportunity to explain their work to those attending the event. Jamie Neill (Year 9) was invited to address the audience and unpack the details of the project. All in all, it was a knowledgeable and successful afternoon.

For further information on Refugee Week, check out http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/ and www.lookbeyondthelabel.org