Students from refugee background showcase voices via performances

TEN students from Birrong Girls High School were among 40 taking part in this year’s Multicultural Playwright Program to create a performance piece showcasing student voices at Bankstown Arts Centre.

Open to NSW students in Years 7 to 12, this program supports secondary students from refugee backgrounds and students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
The program focuses on facilitating improvisation activities to build student confidence and skills and provides an opportunity for them to share their stories, interests and perspectives through collaborative working, with many students live-streaming their messages to family and friends in the student’s home countries on World Refugee Day on June 20.
Birrong Girls’ Year 10 student Precious S said they heard many fascinating, background stories.
“I enjoyed the program because I got the opportunity to introduce my culture (Ghana, Africa) and who I am to the world,” she said.
“I had the chance to do things I love to do, like drama and expressing my opinion about society.
“I met people from other cultures and made new friends. Overall, I learnt that although we are different; we are all one. Being a refugee does not mean you have no hope; you are always welcome to the land of Australia and able to create new memories.”