Students’ ‘visas’ touch detainees

Students Calixia Lovo (12), Montel Vieyka (9), Georgia Gill (8) and Jonathon Tartaglia (11) with bracelets sent to them by the detainees.d398533
Students Calixia Lovo (12), Montel Vieyka (9), Georgia Gill (8) and Jonathon Tartaglia (11) with bracelets sent to them by the detainees.d398533

St Helena’s Catholic Primary School students wanted to ensure detainees, such as those at Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre and Manus Island, would feel welcome in Australia.

Refugee children and their parents responded by sending a letter of thanks and braided friendship bracelets for the children.

In addition to thanking the Year 6 students for their World Refugee Day-inspired visas, the letter said the children in detention now felt like they would have no problem finding real friends and living in peace in Australia.

‘We have some truly amazing kids with such beautiful hearts,’ the school’s assistant principal Luke Sirolli said.

‘They were emotional knowing that their visas gave the children hope and the belief that other children in Australia care about them,’ he said.