Guest speaker

A few weeks ago we had a guest speaker to our class. He is a lawyer who works in Melbourne, and he visited us to talk about refugees and the laws around seeking asylum.

When he first arrived, we were very quiet because we had never spoken to a lawyer before, but we soon started talking again. We had some very interesting discussions about refugees and how they can be supported when entering Australia.

Our guest spoke briefly about his experiences working with refugees and then we worked on an activity where we had to decide what we would do if our family was in danger and we had to flee the country.

While not all of us agreed about how we would escape, we had very good conversations, using evidence to back up our opinions. It was very good for our book drive, and helped us understand the people who the books are going to.

Have you ever had any good guest visitors? What did they speak about?

What do you know about refugees?

Book Drive!

Over the last few weeks our class has been very busy with our book drive!

After reading about refugees and detention centres, and seeing them on ‘The Project’ on TV, we wanted to know how we could help. After some thought, we decided a book drive would be the best option. Since then, we have been hard at work organising and promoting our book drive and collecting books.

We have made posters and flyers, contacted businesses, spoken at assembly and visited other classes. We were also photographed for two local newspapers, which was very exciting! We have a website where you can learn more about our progress, and where you can donate money towards out cause.

So far we have collected 88 books from our wonderful donors. The children in detention centres will be very happy to see them!

Here is the video we created to advertise our book drive:

Have you ever hosted a fundraiser or book drive at your school?