Rothesay pupils ‘excited’ at Syrian arrivals

Rothesay Academy school captains Douglas Zavaroni and Jamie Murray talk to Libby Brooks from The Guardian and the Scottish Sun's Gordon Tait during Friday's media day in Rothesay for the forthcoming arrival of 15 Syrian families on Bute.
Rothesay Academy school captains Douglas Zavaroni and Jamie Murray talk to Libby Brooks from The Guardian and the Scottish Sun's Gordon Tait during Friday's media day in Rothesay for the forthcoming arrival of 15 Syrian families on Bute.

Rothesay Academy’s school captains say the whole school is excited at the arrival of 15 Syrian families on the ilsand over the next few weeks.

Douglas Zavaroni and Jamie Murray spoke to members of the local and national media on Friday at an event in Rothesay held to showcase the preparations being made ahead of the families’ journey to Bute from a refugee camp in Lebanon.

The families’ children will begin attending classes at Rothesay Joint Campus when the new school term begins in January.

“We think it’s great,” Douglas said. “Pupils in the school have expressed genuine excitement. It’s a real talking point.

“The important thing is understanding their position, and seeing them for who they are, not the misconceptions.”

“We’re starting a programme of lessons to educate people on the subject of refugees,” Jamie added, “to give people who don’t really know very much the basic information about what they’ve been through, so that people understand exactly why they’re coming.”

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