Our Year 8 students have recently been involved in a series of excursions to the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Each day, a different class visited Melbourne and were involved in activities that deepened their knowledge and understanding of poverty, homelessness, refugees and asylum seekers as well as the services, organisations and people that are available to support the community.
Students completed education sessions and helped to prepare and serve morning tea to some of the people who use the recreation centre at the Brotherhood. Students also worked with refugees who were learning English, visited the choir of Hard Knocks, and attended the Celebration for Life Ball at the Collingwood Town Hall where they energetically engaged and danced with the elderly participants. Students also explored Melbourne and found out about all the wonderful programs and organisations that provide food and accommodation and assist people in gaining skills and finding employment. All the students involved gained a great deal from each of their experiences. They now have a better understanding of issues that can face anyone at some stage in life that might lead to them needing extra support and assistance, in addition to recognising how important it is to be able to have open conversation about these topics.