New Arrivals explores the sensations associated with feeling ‘new’, how the behaviour of established friendship groups can make those who feel left out more isolated, and what the members of a school community can do to be more welcoming, to the benefit of everyone.
New Arrivals tells the story of Thom, who arrives at a new school, in a new
town, in a new country, where he will have to speak a new language. His sense of
isolation is exacerbated by the treatment he receives from other pupils. He
attempts to make things better for himself on his own without success, before
accepting the support of a fellow new arrival who helps him to get help.
New Arrivals was developed in association with Bedfordshire Minorities’ Achievement Support Service to help schools respond to this duty. The project will help teachers teach skills which promote social inclusion and community cohesion in our schools and help eliminate the fears and ignorance which lead to alienation and prejudice. New Arrivals has been designed to encourage all members of the audience to recognise similarities to their own life experiences in the story, as feeling ‘new’ and unsettled by unfamiliarity may be common experiences to all children.