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The Big Walk

The children at Mansel Park Primary School took part in a walk to sanctuary, in recognition of the millions of refugees around the globe. Our significant focus came from Walk with Amal. Did you know she has travelled 8,000 km and through 8 countries!

The children walked one-kilometre around their playground, which was six times around. They designed special flags to share their welcoming messages and symbols in support of refugees.


Teachers also took part in the walk and spoke to the children about refugees and their thoughts around issues they face.


The children have since completed a footprint of welcome and we have displayed these beginning from our welcoming school entrance to a central display on sanctuary in our school. Our footprints lead around our whole school, representing a pathway of welcome leading to faces and friends in different key stages. As a school we would like to ensure we support refugees around the globe and make our school a place of welcome for others.

Our wider partnership school family has also been walking and reflecting upon the journeys those seeking sanctuary face. This has sparked curiosity to find out whether we have collaboratively reached a distance similar to Amal. We discovered that as a partnership that we have covered a distance of 1,377km. This is under a ¼ of Amal’s brave journey.


  • OLSJ 97 children = 97km
  • Sinclair 210 children = 210km
  • Mansel Park 420 children =420km
  • Holy Family 420 children =420km
  • Bitterne Park 630 children =630km

You can find more about Amal’s walk here:

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Mansel Park Primary School, Culver Close, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 9HZ, 02380 776162