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SHEPPARTON’S DIVERSITY APPLAUDED

October 12, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has highlighted the diversity of the region in Parliament today, applauding the work of St George’s Road Primary School.

“I recently attended the school concert, and I was so impressed by the talent that was on show.  I commend the students and the teachers for their efforts in putting on a great night,” Ms Sheed said.

“St Georges Road Primary School is proud of its diversity, and its wonderful ability to be able to integrate each child, and each family.  No matter their background, they feel safe and welcome in the school ground.

“360 children are enrolled at the school.  Among them, countless languages, with 33% of the population from Middle Eastern countries, and a further 20% indigenous children.  Eight per cent of the children are refugees, mainly from Afghanistan.  It has a growing Samoan enrolment.

“Others come from South African communities such as Sudan, so they speak a variety of languages among them, including French.

“Many will spend their first year in Australia in the school’s English Language Centre, and by the end of that intensive twelve months, they will not only be much more confident in their English skills, but each child proudly sings two verses of the Australian anthem,” she said.

Ms Sheed said it’s a great example of many of our schools, and a reflection of the wider Shepparton community.

“We have become one of Victoria’s and Australia’s most diverse communities.

“We speak more than 30 languages in our homes by virtue of our very diverse multicultural population from many parts of the world who have settled here.

In a world that seems to be full of conflict we in the Shepparton District, live side-by-side with families, men, women and children from all over the world,” she said.

 

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Sueanne McCumstie 0428 743 880│sueanne.mccumstie@parliament.vic.gov.au

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