Primary School Award: Broomhill Primary School

Congratulations to Broomhill Primary School for the fantastic work pupils did on the theme of migration.


From Professor Susan Bassnett:

This is a hugely impressive entry. The pupils, under the guidance of Mr Lewis Mills have really engaged with the topic of migration in very creative ways. The three thematic units are equally strong in different ways and I found them all very moving.

Theme 1 concerns the journeys undertaken by refugees, inspired by Onjali Rauf’s novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class and uses the image of an eye to show the kind of traumatic scenes refugees might have to face.

Theme 2 about the conflict in Ukraine brought tears to my eyes as one after another the children faced the camera and expressed their hopes in a more peaceful future. I particularly liked the questions asked about sport, entertainment, the weather in Poland etc which is a wonderful way of making connections.

Theme 3 takes up the subject of racial prejudice and the animation does a great job in showing how hurtful casual racism can be and how important it is for this to be acknowledged so that genuine friendships can be built.

Congratulations to pupils and teacher at Broomhill – this is a brilliant entry.

Professor Susan Bassnett, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow

From Professor Stephen Forcer:

I was extremely impressed by the thoughtfulness and maturity of these submissions. As adults we can learn a lot from what these pupils have noticed, said and written! I was especially struck by the extent to which the experiences of people seeking refuge are unseen and hidden. In the animated movie, I really liked the way a bad experience became a starting point for friendship, rather than being the end of the story. There’s an important point here to do with thinking about our actions, and about the chances to repair relationships and build new friendships. The whole class film was brilliant. The pupils showed fantastic interest in what’s happening to people in other countries, asked great questions, and communicated not only words but also hope and friendship to people in Ukraine.

Professor Stephen Forcer, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow

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