22 March 2022
Over recent weeks our school community has been shocked and saddened by events in Ukraine. I'm sure you've heard the news reports over the weekend, confirming that every second, one Ukrainian child becomes a refugee.
A number of students, staff and parents have asked how LSA can support people affected by the crisis. Our senior students have organised a non-uniform day for the last day of term, Friday 1st April. They have asked that pupils who are able to, wear blue and yellow as a mark of respect and to acknowledge why we are asking for donations.
Funds raised will be sent to UNHCR
The United Nations Refugee Agency works on the ground in emergency situations around the world "UNHCR is there from when an emergency breaks to when it is safe to go home".
You can make any donations to non-uniform day via ParentPay. This will be available on your ParentPay app from next Monday.
Alternatively if you would like to donate directly here is a direct link to the UK for UNHCR website where you can donate specifically to the Ukraine appeal or to the UNHCR working in many other emergencies across the globe.
Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the temporary occupation of Crimea in 2014, UNHCR has provided protection and humanitarian assistance on both sides of the contact line.This includes support for internally displaced people, refugees and stateless people in the country.
You may find some of the following links helpful. Please be reassured that we will continue to address students' questions and concerns in school too.
The charity Young Minds website with helpful tips on talking to young children and teenagers about Ukraine and conflict.
(Includes a useful short film on how to spot misleading stories online.)