The theme for Refugee Week this year is Unity. This special event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues affecting refugees. It is also a time where we all come together to celebrate the positive contributions of refugees to Australian Society. At Thebarton Senior College, our celebrations featured two guest speakers from refugee background who shared their journeys of resilience, courage and hope.
Our first guest speaker was Zahra Bayani, a former Thebarton Senior College student and the recipient of the Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award as part of the 2021 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards.
Our second guest speaker was Adam Nanou, who was a star violist back in Syria, but the tormenting war pushed him to leave his country looking for a safe place to pay his violin in peace. Today, Adam is a well-known violinist who has played in the orchestras of leading musicians such as iconic Dutchman Andre Rieu.
Our students had the opportunity to interact with our guest speakers and ask them questions about their challenges, achievements and aspirations.
One of the key events in our Refugee Week celebration was the spectacular live performances of our guest speaker and violinist Adam Nanou which involved our school band and a student choir. Both students and teachers had a memorable time listening, singing, swaying, and dancing to the charming, enchanting music of our guest Adam.
Our College Library also ran activities to celebrate Refugee Week. These included fun craft activities where students created friendship bands, and a special display of portraits of refugees from different backgrounds to celebrate their contributions to Australia and the world. Students were invited to meet and learn about some of the prominent public figures they did not know were refugees or children of refugees.
By celebrating Refugee Week, we continue to ensure that Australia remains a great country to live in, a country where we all feel welcome respected and valued.