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Naas CBS- the first Champion School of Sanctuary in Co. Kildare

The excitement to become a Champion School of Sanctuary was palpable from the moment the Schools of Sanctuary Ireland monitoring team walked in the door on Wednesday May 10th, greeted by Principal Ben Travers and Sanctuary lead teachers Ms Ward and Ms Prendiville. Aoife Titley, co-chairperson of Maynooth University Sanctuary and two wonderful Sanctuary Ambassadors, Kinda Nassli and Hashem Badran, both from Syria, joined Karen Dervan from SoSI for this inspiring visit to Naas.


School of Sanctuary Monitoring Team, Students and Teachers

A very informative discussion with school management and the lead teachers assured the team about the school’s ongoing commitment to the Sanctuary ethos. An understanding of sanctuary and social justice has been admirably woven into many strands of the curriculum. Four students, Evan, Moeez, Jakub and Conor guided a tour of the school and told us about the many wonderful school initiatives that celebrate welcome and inclusion. Their passion and pride in the school was obvious, as it was in the stunning video about Naas CBS’ Sanctuary journey, expertly produced by 6th year student, Jamie. The team was delighted to hear a wonderful performance of “Lean On Me” by the school choir and have a chance to speak to all the 1st years about the true meaning of sanctuary and kindness.

‘Students will forget what we taught you, but you will never forget how we made you feel’  (Principal Ben Travers, addressing the students at the end of the monitoring visit)

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For more information about Maynooth University’s Sanctuary programme please visit here

School of Sanctuary Board

Hashem Badran, Sanctuary Ambassador 


Kinda Nassli, Sanctuary Ambassador and Aoife Titley, co-chair Maynooth University Sanctuary committee