Tendring Junior Warden Project is an amazing scheme that invites primary schools in the Tendring region to get year 6 children more involved and informed in the diversity of the region.

Talks include Bollywood dancing, Hate Crime, African Storytelling and Polish Culture.

We have been delighted to take part in 6 sessions this term – with another 7 to go next term with help from Brightlingsea Refugee Support Network.

This term Zak Shaar, a 16 year old from Syria has been with us delivering around 3 hours in each school. To see the change and development in the pupils in even one morning has been both inspiring and a testament to the fact that given the opportunity we do have more in common. Zak has been brave enough to speak about his own difficulties and how he is overcoming them. He too has found it beneficial to see the interest from the classes.

We are thrilled to be part of such a positive project. Thanks to Teresa Watson and Nancy Sword for the hours of preparation and timetabling they have put into this.

In Zak’s own words as we left the first school talk ‘This is real Integration’!