Darwin’s longest established public school, Parap Primary were members of a team of 6 Darwin schools that embraced the S.E.A.T Project in 2018. The Year 3/4 students reflected on resilience, tolerance and discovered through wise decision making how they could be positive influencers in their community.
The students had great support from their local community in particular Parap Post Office, Fannie Bay Cool Spot and Parap Fine Foods who allowed them to display their SEATs in the lead-up to their SEAT auction (2 SEATs purchased by Parap Fine Foods).
To top it all off, and complete their investigation into refugees in Australia, Year 3/4 were visited by some newly settled families to wish them a Merry Christmas!
My class and I got a bit carried away with exploring all of the issues out there locally and globally. The students researched homelessness, drought in Australia, equal access to education and poverty. They also explored some of the 17 global goals.
The five Year 4/3 classes focussed their attention on supporting these organisations:
- Shelterbox Australia
- Food Bank NT
- The Refugee Council of Australia
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
The students successfully planned and held a silent auction at the Parap Markets to promote their causes and raise funds.”
Cimarra Stephenson – Classroom Teacher
This is Mike Campbell from Melaleuca Refugee Centre.
I am not a representative of the service…just a staff member.
I am sure that you will be contacted by our management in due course. I just couldn’t help myself after seeing what one of our supervisors brought in today from the children of Parap School. A beautifully made and painted stool made with love by the kids and staff at Parap School and given to the centre. The top came off the stool and inside were messages of welcome and Christmas cheer from the children to our humanitarian refugee families.
OMG. The gesture brought a tear to my eye. This is so beautiful and so needed for these families.
Please thank the children and teachers for me. This has made my Christmas and will bring great joy to our wonderful new arrivals. It is exactly what they need. To feel welcome.
Kind regards, Mikey
Youth Worker Melaleuca Refugee Centre “