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Refugee Week

From Head of Aungier House, John McCoy

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). In 2019, Refugee Week was held this week from Sunday 16 June to Saturday 22 June.

The theme for Refugee Week for 2019 is #WithRefugees. The theme celebrates the courage of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

At Waverley College, students participated in a range of activities within Wellbeing Groups to help raise awareness around Refugee Week. This included students from Aungier House who presented profiles on refugees who have made positive contributions to Australian society.