On Monday (20 February, 2023), Holy Trinity & St John's Church of England Primary School in Margate was the venue for the world premiere of a brand new short film from Aardman Animations.
Inspired by the real-life stories of children that Save the Children have worked with from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria, the film tells the story of a small orange circle who feels far from home in a world where everything is purple and triangular.
In the visually-rich and inclusive way Aardman are famed for telling their colourful and character-led stories without dialogue, it was important to director, Peter Peake, for the film to be universally communicated through expression and gesture alone to deliver reassurance and understanding to children all over the world.
Over 30 languages are spoken across the school, which regularly welcomes families from different countries.It also has three full-time staff members who work specifically supporting families, one of whom specialises in working with families for whom English is an additional language. "We are proud of the extensive support that we provide all our families - and it's great to have it recognised in this way," said Headteacher Rob Garratt.