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Hampton Park Secondary College Share Their Refugee Stories

Sometimes we like to be silly at Launch Pad (in fact, we consider it our duty to celebrate silliness), but other times, we tackle important issues, and make books full of stories extremely close and personal to the authors. The book we made with Hampton Park in 2018 feels like maybe our most important book to date. Included are 23 stories by students, 9 by teachers, and 14 poems by students and teachers together. Every contribution is from a person whose family has migrated as a refugee to Australia. Every contribution is their true story of finding their place here. We celebrate where they’ve come from, where they now find themselves, and what they’ve been through in between. It was so beautiful to see both teachers and students contributing their stories to this anthology.

Students participated in a full day creative writing workshop, in which the project was introduced, and students were taught about narrative writing. From there, they took the reins and wrote their stories of how they came to Australia.

These stories are equal parts: touching, moving, chilling, surprising, illuminating, heartwarming, heartbreaking… Launch Pad will forever be proud to have been involved in the creation of this book.

What a fantastic way to celebrate Refugee Week, and a brilliant way to make use of the Launch Pad Program.

“Thanks to Launch Pad Writers Club, we have a great book that will be read and enjoyed by students and staff of our college for many years to come” Geoff Shinkfield, Teacher, Hampton Park Secondary College
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