Refugee Week

23 June 2017 | General Interest

This week, Thomas Carr College celebrated Refugee Week with three key events; Refugee Week Symposium, the Circle of Silence and Detention4Detention, and the Refugee Mosaic Design competition.

On Monday June 20, students were fortunate enough to attend the Refugee Week Symposium here at the College. Teacher, Pat Sourivong and Lawyer, Kot Monoah, shared with students their personal experiences and told the story of their journey to Australia from Laos and South Sudan. Both Pat and Kot are now advocates for issues relating to refugees.

College Captain, Brandan Barlow attended on the day. “It was really inspiring to hear what some people have had to go through at such a young age in their lives, but have still managed to have a successful career and live with a smile on their face. At the end of the presentation, Kot left us with an important message to never let people tell us that we can’t do something, because nobody else but ourselves understands the true potential that we have to be successful in life.” Brandan said.

On Tuesday June 20, staff and students participated in a 5 minute Circle of Silence and the Detention4Detention, which is a voluntary lunchtime detention that symbolises the separation of families caused by government policies on refugees. This was then followed by the signing of the petition to the government that outlines refugees and people seeking asylum should be treated more humanely and compassionately.