Bennies Buzz 2015 Autumn - page 9

May 2015
Bennies Buzz
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The MSB Year 10 Community Problem Solvers (CPS)
project ‘Mind Your Language’ have focused on educating
the College and wider community about the language
used by politicians and the media to describe, and often
demonise, asylum seekers. The hard work they have
put into this project has earned the team an invitation
to the prestigious International Future Problem Solving
Conference to be held in June 2015.
The girls have been working on this project since early
2014, and since then have sent over 100 letters written by
MSB students to Manus Island, distributed quizzes and
information packs throughout the school, attended social
justice events and spoken with others who are interested
in their cause. They even have their own social media
pages, which they are using to reach out to people all over
the world.
The Team held the inaugural Junior Social Justice Forum
in early March involving younger grades in their project
and giving them the opportunity to participate in social
justice activities. Their aim was to offer an alternative view
of asylum seekers, a view that is not often seen or heard
from Australian media or politicians. The gathered group
were honoured to hear the story of Raneem, a refugee from
Iraq. She spoke about her hatred for the language used
to describe asylum seekers and told the girls about her
journey, being smuggled out of Iraq and spending two years
in Indonesia waiting for transferral to Australia.
In an effort to understand what is actually happening on
the ground in detention centres, the CPS Team recently
hosted Sister Margaret Shepherd to learn about the work
that she has done with the asylum seekers in Curtain,
Western Australia and on Christmas Island. Sister Margaret
shared details of the conditions that asylum seekers are
living in, how they feel about how Australian society talks
about them and the hope that they cling on to for a chance
of finding a better life here in Australia.
Since the meeting with Sister Margaret, the girls have
been inspired to write letters to politicians, and have them
countersigned by as many members of the MSB community
to represent the emerging youth voice.
This year, the girls have many new projects planned that
will involve the College and the local community including
a mobile art installation and conversations with local
primary schools.
The Mount St Benedict College community wishes the girls
and their coaches every success at the Future Problem
Solving Conference in Iowa, USA in June.
Beecroft Forum Dinner of the Major
Issues and Theology Foundation
In May 2014 a group of Year 11 and 12 students attended the
Beecroft Forum Dinner of the Major Issues and Theology
Foundation where Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the
Australian Human Rights Commission spoke. Professor
Triggs spoke about the upcoming report on the harm
experienced by children who were in Australia’s immigration
detention centres. Mount St Benedict students were joined
at the dinner by Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader
of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and recipient of the
2013 Human Rights Medal.
MSB Community Problem Solvers
Selected for International
Championships – Asylum Seeker Focus
Student Leadership in Sydney Alliance
In March 2014 a group of 20 Year 10 MSB students attended a
student leadership training day with the Sydney Alliance which
focused on developing skills in community organisation for social
change. On their return they chose to focus on the area of children
in detention as a project. They took the particular view that there
were many young people and many schools who were acting
independently on this issue and that there was great scope to try
and coordinate a more collective action. They recognised social
media as a powerful vehicle for facilitating such action and they
have spent their time planning a social media campaign that we
plan to launch during 2015.
Further details on the MSB Community Problem Solvers:
Facebook Comps-Mind Your Language
Twitter @Mindur_Language
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