|Creativity students celebrate diversity - 16 June 2015|
On Thursday 28 May and Thursday 4 June, 12 Year 9 students, accompanied by Ms Tamara Richardson, visited the Mercy Community Services Romero Centre for Refugees at Dutton Park.
Our teacher, Mrs Donna Shepherd, had asked us to design and prepare a meal for a refugee family for our Term 2 Home Economics project, ‘Celebrating Diversity’. The purpose of our visit was to deliver these meals that would be distributed to refugee families in the local community.
The Romero Centre is a refugee and asylum seeker support agency that was established in 2000. The Centre provides weekly activities including a men’s group, workshops to prepare refugees for work, a women’s sewing group and a play group for children. It also offers legal support, including migration support and assistance to complete immigration forms. During our visits we were greeted by Centre Coordinator, Marcella. She explained the origins and importance of the Centre. The Centre prides itself as a place of welcome, where a cup of tea and a biscuit are always on offer. The overall goal is to meet the unmet needs of people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Sudan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan and many other countries.
Having the opportunity to embed the Catholic Dimension of Service into our learning and to extend the Benedictine value of hospitality to these families has helped us all to understand that it is possible to make a difference to people in our community. Knowing I have made a small contribution to these families has inspired me to continue this legacy and to continue to look for opportunities to Step Forward in the future.