A School of Sanctuary is a safe and welcoming place for all, especially refugees and asylum seekers. It promotes inclusion and diversity in education. The three core principles of a School of Sanctuary are:
Who are we?
Since its establishment in 2017 our school has grown rapidly and continues to be on a path of rapid development. It is a vibrant, dynamic school. We offer an energetic and enthusiastic learning environment where difference and diversity are valued and respected. We are a multidenominational, co-educational school, socially and culturally inclusive. We place a strong focus on student well-being and the need for respect for all members of the community and the environment which surrounds us. Every student in Dunamase College is cared for equally recognising the students uniqueness, religious beliefs and cultures. Our school is committed to making it a safe and welcoming place for anyone seeking sanctuary. We consciously help students, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary. At Dunamase College we pride ourselves in upholding the five core values of the ETBI (in particular Laois and Offaly ETB). These core values are: Excellence in Education, Community, Care, Respect and Equality. These core values are embedded in everyday life within our school and how we interact with each other.
Our School of Sanctuary Committee
Our School of Sanctuary was established in 2020 by teacher Jenny Cooper. As a school we knew that we were doing a lot for the inclusion and diversity of all school members and had decided that it would be nice to be recognised for all the hard work that was being put in.
Our student School of Sanctuary members are known as Sanctuary Ambassadors.
In 2022/2023 we joined together three committees in the school: School of Sanctuary Committee, School of Belonging Committee and Ethos Committee to form a new committee which we named Le Chéile.
Le Chéile means "Together" and this encompasses the vision of all three committees in the school.
In the beginning of the 2023/2024 school year our school held an extra curricular sign up and this allowed us to speak to students and get more ambassadors on board.
We now have 29 members on our Le Chéile committee.
Meet our Le Chéile Committee
Abbie Heaney Abigail Gleeson Áine Maciulis Amelia Kalich Angela Babikanga Ayabonga Henry Ncube Brianna Hayes Caoimhe Fitzpatrick Cillian O Callaghan Felicia Babikanga Francesca Boldescu Pola Halassa Izzie Sharpe
Jessica Boldescu Jessica Delaney Lexi Ní Neighill Lucy Doyle Miriam Kuska Noelle Joseph OJ Lawless Samantha McPhail Saskia Van Amersfoorth Sheron Conkova Sophie McDonagh Tara O Dwyer Zuzanna Bock Zuzanna Oberstedt
Siobhán Holland (School of Sanctuary) Lauren Harding (Ethos) Ciara Dunne (School of Belonging) Jenny Cooper (School of Sanctuary)
Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board
Dunamase College Coláiste Dhún Másc is one of nine schools in LOETB. We are co-educational and multi-denominational, committed to our ETB School Core Values of Excellence inEducation, Care, Equality, Community and Respect. The core values of LOETB are inline with the core values of a School of Sanctuary to include Welcome, Safety and Inclusion.
Five Core Values of ETB
Dunamase College Core Value recipient 2023, 2nd year student Chloe McCormack