Parent Involvement and more
The Rohingya People
Next week Pope Francis will visit Myanmar and then follow directly onto Bangladesh. It amazes me that the Pope is the world leader who has chosen to visit this most difficult situation.
The Rohingya people are a stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine State, Myanmar. There were an estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar before the 2016–17 crisis. They now list more than 900,000 as refugees in Bangladesh and 400,000 remaining in Myanmar. The Rohingya refugee situation in Bangladesh must be quickly becoming impossible.
Being a stateless people is a sad concept. It would be difficult to face every day rejection from your home in Myanmar and unwelcome in Bangladesh. Both countries sit on the dark side of poverty.
Over the weekend the news (ABC) indicated that the Rohingya refugees now face water shortages as their wells are running dry. This on top of the issues of disease makes this a very tough situation.
I think that we should pray for the Pope and for the success of his visit. This is a most courageous venture but also one that may raise the issue of these poor people on the world stage.
I have called a meeting this Wednesday evening to discuss parent involvement in our community. Marist has a history of having a most supportive parent community. I am looking for some help in continuing this tradition. We are gathering in the Academic Resource Centre this Wednesday evening at 7pm. The meeting should go for an hour.
Newman Selective Gifted Education Symposium
This year in Year 7 Marist began a Gifted and Talented program called Newman. The program will continue next year with classes in Year 7 and 8. Our Director of Diverse Learning, Carolyn O’Brien, has done some wonderful work in building the foundations for this program at the school. Parents are most welcome to visit our showcase of Newman enrichment activities and projects from Year 7 students including interactive presentations and displays across the curriculum.