News & Stories

Learning English at the Park

On Monday 11th July, a group from Jesuit Social Services’ English Language Support Program went to the Bundoora farm and Parklands.  Xavier College Staff picked us up from Broadmeadows and Thornbury in the school buses and took us to the farm.  We saw many farm animals cows, sheep,…

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Ian’s Story

It was a friend in my Rotary club who mentioned volunteering to teach English to people seeking asylum. Having read a lot about their plight and having a background in language teaching, I was interested. It meant travelling from home for an hour each Monday morning to reach…

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Fablice’s Story

Fablice is a young African child soldier turned rapper. At age 11, he was forced to join the guerrilla army in Burundi, after which he spent three years in a Tanzanian refugee camp before settling in Australia. A participant of Jesuit Social Services’ Artful Dodgers Studios, Fablice now…

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Thiha’s Story

I am Thiha Yarzar, a political refugee from Burma. I arrived in Australia on 24th May 2012, just over 4 years ago. I would like to share some of my story with you about my life in Burma, my journey to Australia and my experience as a refugee resettled in…

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Semira’s Story

My name is Semira, I have two sons, one is 6 and the eldest is 7 years of age. I am recently arrived, was previously living in Queensland and have been in Australia for a year and a half. When I think about what have been the benefits…

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Parade Students meet candidates for Batman

Winston Churchill once said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” As we approach the last couple of weeks of a very long federal election campaign, it is timely for us to remember how…

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Mollie & Veronica’s Reflection

On Wednesday June 1st, a selection of senior students from Santa Maria College Northcote and Parade College Bundoora had the opportunity to meet with David Feeney, the Labor Party’s representative in the electorate of Batman, and to discuss with him aspects of Labor policy in the lead-up to…

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Belise’s Story

I came to Australia with my family in search of a better life. We spent years in a refugee camp in Tanzania, and I went to school in the camp. My journey to Australia was difficult but I always think that things could have been worse. My attitude…

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