Sisters Robertine and Mary and Panyar rapped to their peers as part of Orara High School’s Refugee Week celebrations yesterday.
Sisters Robertine and Mary and Panyar rapped to their peers as part of Orara High School’s Refugee Week celebrations yesterday. Rob Wright

Students celebrate Refugee Week

A POWERFUL message of inclusion and respect was sent by students at Orara High School yesterday as part of their Refugee Week celebrations.

In an assembly held at Sportz Central, the school celebrated its refugee students by hearing their stories in the form of poems, speeches and music.

A number of the 55 students from seven different countries who attend the school stood up in front of their peers and spoke about their lives before they came to Australia and what it means to be here now.

English as a Second Language (ESL) co-ordinator Alison Herd said it was an important event for all students.

“We always try and do something but this year was most definitely the best yet,” Ms Herd said.

“I think general students have no idea about the background of these kids because they generally don’t want to talk about it, don’t want to re-live the memories.

“All they see are kids who can’t speak English very well. This assembly gave them a chance to hear their story and see they are talented and have skills. It’s a very powerful thing.”

She said staff was impressed with the maturity and self-confidence of the students.

Refugee Week runs until June 26.



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