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A Visit from Dr Waheed Arian

We had a very special guest in school today: Dr. Waheed Arian.

Dr. Arian came to talk to pupils in Years 4-6 about how, as a teenage boy, he came to England to seek refuge on account of the war in Afghanistan.  He talked about his dream to become a doctor, what inspired this dream and the determination that led him to succeed.  He also talked about the charity that he has set up (Teleheal) – a charity that provides support and guidance to doctors in countries at war.

The visit was filmed by the BBC as they are making a documentary about the work that Dr Arian is doing.

The children were highly engaged.  They got to speak to Dr. Arian’s nephews in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul.  They also asked lots of really interesting questions to Dr. Arian about his life and work.

We feel privileged to have had Dr. Arian into school.  He was a great inspiration for the children, with this best summed up by something he said during his talk: “Dream big. Work hard. Be determined.”

Rights and Responsibilities

This week, Ruth Harlow (a final-year drama student) begun an eight-week, drama-based workshop programme on children’s rights and responsibilities.  She will be doing these sessions with pupils from Year 4 and Year 5.  The work will form part of Ruth’s degree study.  For our children, it will provide an insight into important issues around ‘human rights’ and help them to develop an understanding of their place in the wider world.  We are looking forward to seeing how the children’s thinking develops along the way and seeing the results of their learning in the performance that will come at the end of the sessions.


The school has begun work on achieving ‘sanctuary status’.  School already does a lot to help the pupils feel safe and to support the parents, but a team has now been set up to try to improve the services that we provide.  We want out school to be a haven – a place of safety.  We also want to help families access services that will help improve their lives.  We have begun by getting classes to think about the concept of sanctuary.  Here’s a poster done by some Year 2 pupils.