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Ripples & Waves – Breaking barriers and building relationships

Self-leadership is a journey and this term, the first cohort of Year 9 students have begun to delve deeper into their leadership skills through the Ripples & Waves pilot programme at PLC.

This week, the first group of students visited with staff and clients from Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre in Mirrabooka to gain knowledge and some understanding of the experiences of women and their families who have settled in Australia as refugees or migrants.

Ishar, which means mother, offers a place for women to engage with a wide range of health services, social connection hubs, mothers’ groups and a place for support in the lives of the women who have arrived to live here, often without any other supports in place.

The highlights for the students were spending time together with the women, often with the help of interpreter’s or other clients supporting each other with English language difficulties. Together students and clients developed vision boards exploring and sharing what their dreams are for the future and the students were taught to make some authentic Indian naan with much fun in the kitchen for the shared meal, which in turn created a bond between everyone.

PLC Director of Wellbeing, Chonny James, said that through the Ripples & Waves programme we are aiming to stretch students beyond the traditional service-learning model and develop service leadership.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to use their critical thinking and inquiry skills to explore in an experiential way how PLC and Ishar might work together to develop a mutually beneficial long-term partnership,” Ms James said.

Head to the Ripples & Waves website to learn more.

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