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SAIL_Footscray_June_07
SAIL Program Newsletter 3
Footscray Campus – June 2007
The ‘let us know’ list
1 If any of your contact details have changed, please let us know.
2 If you are planning to have contact with your student outside of SAIL hours you must let us
know first and complete the contact request form.
3 If you intend to bring a friend to SAIL please direct them to the website first and direct them
to apply online or just let us know beforehand.
4 Let us know if you are going to miss a Saturday via the online “Can’t Come Sheet. ”
5 Please check and read your emails each week – if possible, Friday is best!
6 Please let us know before you speak publicly or publish an article about SAIL.
Ongoing offers
1 Photocopying – for any SAIL related photocopying, simply mark the pages from the books
you want copied and give the book to the co-ordinators on Saturday – it will be ready for
you the following week!
2 The Tutor Resources section of the website is available at all times to provide tutors with
ideas, games, work-sheets and support. We strongly suggest that if you are experiencing
difficulties of any kind when working with your student, you post a request for advice on the
SAIL Panel of Experts Bulletin Board – the password was in the email with this newsletter.
Diary dates
1 The week 5 tutor talks for 2007 occur on 16 May, 20 June, 25 July, 5 September, 3 October
and 7 November 2007.
2 If you are interested in attending any upcoming African Australian events click here for
the details.
Please read this newsletter in the following week it gives updates on SAIL past, present and future!
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SAIL Tutor Talks to mark World Refugee Day
Tutor talks are a brilliant forum for tutors to access
a wealth of knowledge from past tutors and other
experts, and ask all those questions you never get
time to address during SAIL time. Unfortunately
the last tutor talk was cancelled due to illness,
so apologies to those of you who made it along.
At the next SAIL Tutor Talk, Sudanese SAILors,
Gatwech Puoch and Sara Karim will be sharing their
refugee settlement experience in honour of “World
Refugee Day.” The talk is scheduled to run on
Wednesday 20 June from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at:
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 193 Hotham Street
(cnr Clarendon St), East Melbourne.
To access this venue: Enter via Hotham Street,
Parking free city side of Clarendon St only,
Tram numbers 75 and 48, Jolimont Train station.
If you are able to come, please RSVP to Matthew
at [email protected] Please also make a note in
your diary of the rest of the tutor talk dates for
the year: 25 July, 5 September, 3 October and
7 November 2007.
SAIL Xtend
Our girl SAILors have been shaking their booties
over the last cycle, with Anna running her everpopular and successful dance classes. Hopefully the
girls will be able to put on a bit of a show for
us soon!
plastic crate labeled “Students’ Files.” Inspired by
the wonderful Age newspaper, each week we plan
to feature a different section of the newspaper to
encourage its use as a teaching aid. Watch this space!
Lastly, it would be great if any books used during
SAIL time could be placed in the green bucket
labeled “Book Return” at the end of each session.
Thanks and enjoy!
Joanna Audiology Screening for SAILors
On Saturday 19th May, some postgraduate audiology
students from The University of Melbourne kindly
volunteered their time to test the hearing of our
small to medium-sized SAILors. The tests were a
great success! Enormous thanks especially to Hala
and Lou who facilitated the session.
Big thank you to our Kitchen Team!
On behalf of all SAILors, we’d like to thank our
kitchen team for preparing our gourmet lunch each
week! And we’d also like to welcome our new team
– Kathy and Daryl. Along with Beth, this lot will
be slaving away for us out of the kindness of their
hearts so we can all leave SAIL with a full belly.
We’d also like to thank Kate and Rhiannon for
preparing and picking up the food each week.
Call for Sandpit Toys
As many of you will be aware, our Junior SAILors
make their way down to the park for half an hour
in every SAIL session. We are putting out a call for
Xtend runs at the Braybrook campus from 12.30pm donations of anything the kids could play with in
–1.30pm. Please contact us if you think your student the sandpit. Empty ice-cream containers, and those
cute little scoops you get with laundry detergent are
might be interested in joining in the frivolities!
Big thanks also to Natalie and Georgia for organizing the best, but anything else you think might come in
handy would be greatly appreciated.
and running the activities. And an important
announcement from the Library – Ahoy SAILors!
Setting SAIL on time
– Thanks for welcoming Nerida and I, as your new
We have noticed that the SAIL start time has
librarians, to SAIL. Over the coming weeks, we are
been a little later than normal over the past few
hoping to introduce some new ventures for the
Library, so keep a look out for what’s new and fresh. weeks, with SAILors not settling down until well
Any bright ideas from you are always welcome too! after 11am! The development of each and every
SAILors is important and in order to maximize the
Do make sure you drop by the library display table
too, as we have different books, games and teaching benefit of tutoring, we need to maximize the use
of our somewhat meager 90 minutes at SAIL every
materials arriving in all the time.
Saturday. Our SAILors need every second they can
Each student now has their own individual
get! For this reason, we ask that volunteers aim
folder. These currently contain student literacy
to arrive at SAIL by 10.20am, so as to find their
assessment sheets with each students’ SAIL Literacy students and begin work by 10.30am.
levels, interests. There are also suggestions for
improvement, which tutors are encouraged to have If you find that your student is consistently arriving
late at SAIL, please let us know and we will
a look at, but students are also welcome to store
investigate the situation. If you find you are arriving
their work there. These folders are kept in the
SAIL Footscray Campus
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at SAIL late due to your SAILor pick-up, please
follow these simple steps to avoid such lateness:
Be Consistent: If you have the same pick-up every
week, be sure to arrive at the same time every
week. We suggest that all drivers aim to be at the
designated house at 10am (or earlier if need be).
Explain to those whom you pick-up that you will
be arriving at their house every Saturday at 10am
(or earlier!) to take them to SAIL. If you arrive at
the family’s house every week at the same time, they
will be expecting you and will therefore more likely
be ready and waiting to head off to SAIL!
Be firm: If you find that despite consistently
arriving at 10am and your family is still not quite
ready to go, making everyone late to SAIL as a result,
be firm. Let the family know that you will be arriving
every Saturday at 10am and that they will have
to be ready to leave. It is unfortunately sometimes
the case that a tutor arrives to find their pick-ups
still in the process of getting out of bed!
This might be excusable on the first occasion,
but if you consistently arrive at 10am, there is
no excuse.
exchange letters regularly. It is a great opportunity
for our SAILors to get to know SAILors at different
SAIL Campuses, as well as to practice writing letters
in English. We have had a number of long-term
pen pals since this first started a year ago, with a
couple of Pen Pals meeting each other at the end
of last year.
We have let a number of SAILors know who their
pen pal is already, and will continue to do this over
the next few weeks. We have had a few fantastic
letters as well, with SAILors having been very
creative with their letter formats so far!
However, we are looking forward to many more!
WholeSAIL News
Researchers for Asylum Seekers Fundraiser
Thursday 21 June 2007
Cape Live (upstairs), 298 Brunswick Street
(corner of Johnston St), Fitzroy
Doors open 7.00pm
Door price: $10
As you may have noticed, we are now in receipt
of The Age newspaper each Saturday.
These newspapers are for Sudanese SAILors in
High School or SAILors Senior to take home at
the end of SAIL each Saturday. They make a great
teaching tool during a SAIL session and we will be
providing you with information about different
ways to use the newspaper each week.
To mark the United Nations “World Refugee Day”
(June 20) and Australia’s Refugee Week (June 17
– 23), the Institute for Community, Ethnicity and
Policy Alternatives (ICEPA) is throwing a fundraising
bash. There will be live musical performances from
Light Says Solo, Clinkerfield, RGB and Ryan Sterling.
All funds raised will go towards the launch of the
ICEPA’s book “Seeking Asylum in Australia” and
also towards their October Seminar on World
Refugee Day. All information concerning this seminar,
including speakers, cost and registration can be
directed to Sue Butterworth.
Registration for the seminar is also now open
– book your place with Sue on (03) 9919 5478
or by emailing [email protected]
SAIL Star submissions
Fitzroy Ball Fundraiser
SAIL Star continues to shine this year at SAIL, and
once again we are on the look out for submissions!
Please encourage your student to write a story or
poem, draw a picture, or fill in one of the SAIL Star
worksheets (which can be found in the folder on
the Resource Table). We have had some fantastic
contributions so far, but we would like many more!
Simply pop the work into the SAIL Star box next
to the Resource Table and it will be published in the
next edition of SAIL Star!
Saturday 23 June 2007
San Remo Ballroom, 365 Nicholson St,
Carlton North, 7.00pm to midnight
Tickets: $90
If you try all of these tips and are still having trouble
getting to SAIL on time, please come and speak to
us and we’ll do our best to help you out.
The Age Newspapers at SAIL
SAIL Pen Pals beginning again!
SAIL Pen Pals is starting up once more for 2007.
It is a cross-campus activity that involves SAILors
being matched up with a pen pal with whom they
SAIL Footscray Campus
page If you’d rather glam up than jive to live music,
then join in the glitz at the Fitzroy Ball,
in celebration of Refugee Week. Organized by The
Melbourne Times and The Fitzroy Learning Network,
all proceeds will go towards their refugee program
and The Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse.
Book tickets over the phone at:(03) 9017 1125 or
(03) 9417 2897 or online at:
<http://www.moshtix.
com.au/SearchResults.asp?FormAction=Search&Key
words=FITZROY%20BALL&caller=mguide>
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Volunteers Wanted!
SUPPLEMENT - 2007 World Refugee Day events
Brenda Martin, an Honours student at the University
of Queensland Faculty of Psychology, is looking
for voluntary participants for her research project
on the social attitude of volunteers and how this
influences reactions to different volunteering
scenarios. Participants will complete a 20-minute
online questionnaire available at: http://exp.psy.
uq.edu.au/volunteers.
Saturday June 16
Mitcham Youth event organised by Migrant
Information Centre (East Melbourne)
All volunteers on the SAIL team are eligible
to participate and your efforts will be
highly appreciated
The event will commence with a soccer competition
for young people from 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
The program will commence at 2.30pm and include
speakers from the Afghan, Chin, Karen, Liberian
and Southern Sudanese communities talking about
their past or present experiences as refugee young
people or their future dreams. The DVD of the
Living in Harmony Building Bridges project will be
featured as well as cultural performances.
Time: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Mitcham Baptist Church,
8-12 Simla Street, Mitcham
Contact: Sue Herbst (03) 9285 4888
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June
Sale Refugee Healing Trail
Total trivia
SAIL has over 300 volunteers at six campuses,
all of whom donate at least 2 hours each week
to SAIL. This amounts to at least 26,400 voluntary
hours donated each year to the Sudanese community
through SAIL. Assuming that our time is valued
at $15 an hour, this means SAILors donate about
$396, 000 of time annually. Over almost seven years
since SAIL was officially founded, this would amount
to about $2.77 million which, in turn, could buy a
very good house in Toorak. If you were then to fill the
house with the sandwiches provided at the lunch....
“Healing Trail – Refugees Finding New Dreams
with Us” is the story of refugees, their dreams,
hopes and feelings of angst at starting a new life in
Australia. The traumas of fleeing conflicts and wars
in their country of origin, living in refugee camps and
detention centres and seeking asylum in Australia
are the experiences and stories that have created
the Healing Trail. Refugees and Australians share
their experiences and their journeying together
in this healing trail. It is organised by Christian World
Service, National Council of Churches in Australia.
Time: 16 June at 8.00am – 17 June at 9.00pm
Address of Venue: St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral,
Foster Street (Princes Highway), Sale
Contact: Rev Bernard Buckley (03) 5144 4100 (Sale)
or Visier Sanyu (03) 9650 6811 (Melbourne)
Email: [email protected]
Cost: Free
Saturday June 17
Fitzroy Emerge Festival
Great thanks and good vibes to all SAILors for
making the SAILing so smooth and for riding the
bumps along the way.
Smooth SAILing,
Matthew and Sam
SAIL Footscray Campus
page Victorian launch of Refugee Week. Be part of this
massive cultural celebration as the magnificent
Fitzroy Town Hall opens its doors and closes off
the street for two non-stop stages of dazzling
world music performances, a vibrant cultural
marketplace, the aromas of an Ethiopian coffee
ceremony, tasty authentic foods from all corners
of the globe, creative kid’s activities with Amanda
King, photographic displays by Iranian artist
Mitra Malekzadeh and Kristin Diemer, bellydance
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workshops with Underbelly, henna tattoos,
SBS Radio giveaways and much more.
Featured artists will include Jali Buba Kuyateh
& Diyaa Looloo (Senegambia), Diafrix (afro hip hop),
Dereb Desalegn & Lion of Judah (Ethiopia),
South Sudan Musica and King Bell (Sudan/ Congo),
Ajak Kwai (Sudan), Wang Zheng Ting & The
Australian Chinese Music Ensemble (China),
Dursan Acar (Kurdistan), Sultan Miazoi (Afghanistan),
Mehr Band (Iran) and more exotic sounds from
Eritrea, Ethiopia and Burundi. Free event.
Time: noon – 5.00pm
Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall & Napier St, Fitzroy
http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/
Sunday 17 June
Braybrook All Nations Indoor Soccer Competition
Help us celebrate Refugee Week, come along and
support your team.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Recwest Playground, Braybrook
Sunday 17 June
Carlton World Refugee Day Rally 2007
Rally to celebrate the courage and contribution
of refugees and asylum seekers to our society
and to make our voices heard in demanding
humane policies where refugees are welcomed
not jailed. Music, speakers and a colourful march
to join Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Festival
at Fitzroy Town Hall. Please help Victoria’s Refugee
Action Collective build an overwhelming show of
support for refugees this World Refugee day.
Time: 12 noon with march to join in the
Emerge Festival at 1.30pm
Venue: Outside Melbourne Museum,
Nicholson St, Carlton
Contact: Marie Hapke 0409 252 673
Cost: Free. Donations welcome.
Monday 18 June
Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group
Luncheon
Two course luncheon to raise funds for Asylum
Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) with guest speaker
from the ASRC. Members, friends and all interested
parties welcome.
Cost: $15 per person
Time: noon – 3.00pm
Venue: Montmorency RSL, Petrie Park, Mountain
View Rd, Montmorency (Melways 21 D6)
Contact: [email protected]
SAIL Footscray Campus
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Fitzroy Learning Network Open Day
Fitzroy Learning Network will be celebrating
Refugee Week with an Open Day, including
the launch of the new Computer Clubhouse Facility,
Christmas in June Community Lunch,
End of Term Celebrations, with food, festivities
and fun.
Time:12 noon onwards
Venue: Fitzroy Learning Network,198 Napier Street,
Fitzroy (opposite Fitzroy Town Hall)
Contact: (03) 9417 2897
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fitzroylearningnetwork.org.au
Cost: Free. Please bring a plate of food to share.
Tuesday 19 June
Castlemaine Screening of “The Lost Boys of Sudan”
Castlemaine Community House and Rural
Australians for Refugees Castlemaine, in association
with the Tomorrow Foundation, will hold a screening
of the acclaimed documentary “The Lost Boys of
Sudan”. $5 entry.
Time: 7.00pm
Venue:Theatre Royal, Hargreaves Street, Castlemaine
Contact: (03) 5472 4842
Tuesday 19 June – Friday 22 June
Brunswick Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre
Refugee Week Display Display in Library foyer.
Input from asylum seekers and volunteers to display
various activities for the ASWC, how the centre
operates and what it means to the clients and
volunteers.
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Brunswick Library, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Contact: Ann Feely, 9388 2459
Email: [email protected]
Tuesday 19 June
Gisborne Refugee Day at Gisborne Secondary College
We are celebrating Refugee Day at Gisborne
Secondary College by having 2 speakers from
the Centre for multicultural youth issues come
and speak to approximately 200 year 10 students
about their lives prior to living in Australia and also
about their experiences adapting to Australia and
its culture. We are also having the Asylum Seekers
Catering Service cater for the event with finger food
from other cultures.
Times: 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Venue: Gisborne Secondary College,
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Gisborne Melton Road Gisborne
Contact: Jan Taylor 54278272
Email: [email protected]
Wednesday 20 June
Refugee Speakers’ Bureau
Melbourne UNHCR Regional Representative
Richard Towle & Australian Red Cross Chief
Executive Officer Robert Tickner invite you to
the launch of the Refugee Speakers’ Bureau.
The Refugee Speakers¡¦ Bureau is a new public
awareness project to increase public understanding
about refugee issues through the sharing of
personal stories.
Time: 12.30pm
Venue: Conference Centre, State Library of Victoria,
Entry 3, La Trobe Street
Melbourne
RSVP: by Thursday 14 June
Contact: Jo Szwarc on (03) 9345 1804
or [email protected]
Francesca Wollaston on (02) 6120 1111
or [email protected]
(03) 9547 4698 or 0414 015 919
http://www.greaterdandenong.com/Documents.
asp?ID=7600&Title=Greater+Dandenong+Youth+N
etwork. Free entry to all participants.
Drug and alcohol free event.
Wednesday 20 June
Melbourne Refugee Review Tribunal open afternoon
The RRT will open its Melbourne Registry for
the afternoon. Members of the public are welcome
to come and see the premises and observe how
the RRT fulfils its statutory function of reviewing
decisions to refuse to grant protection visas.
Staff will be available to provide information and
answer questions about the Tribunal’s processes.
At 2.30pm and 3.30pm there will be a presentation
about the role and objectives of the RRT followed
by a demonstration hearing. Refreshments will
be provided.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Refugee Review Tribunal, Level 12,
460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Wednesday 20 June
Melbourne Department of Justice Event for World
Refugee Day 2007
Wednesday 20 June
Sunshine Community Expo to mark International
Refugee Day
Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Venue: Department of Justice, Level 27,
121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Contact: [email protected]
Invite only.
Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Venue:Victoria University Sunshine Campus,
Building E (Old School Building),
460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine (Melway 26 J10)
Contact: Dianne Wilson Phone (03) 9919 7244
Wednesday 20 June
Dandenong Celebrating Cultural Diversity,
Promoting Tolerance and Respect
Wednesday 20 June
Melbourne Refugee Week Youth Event
World Refugee Day and Refugee Week
celebration featuring cultural performances from
diverse community. Recognising young people’s
achievements and contributions toward the refugee
community and wider community in general.
The event has been organised by Multicultural
Youth Action Group: South-Eastern Region Migrant
Resource Centre, the Centre for Multicultural Youth
Issues, Foundation House, Centrelink, SEAAC, SFYS,
Greater Dandenong Community Health Service,
Reconnect and Connection, in conjunction with
City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong
youth services.
Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue:The Castle, Princes Hwy, Dandenong (Melway 90 C6)
Contact: Kyaw (Joe) Soemoe,Youth Development
Officer, City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services
SAIL Footscray Campus
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young refugee people through performances
and speeches.
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: To be confirmed
Contact: Natalia Pereira (03) 9898 9340
Thursday 21 June
Fitzroy Researchers for Asylum Seekers Fundraiser
The Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) group
is a voluntary and non-profit group based at the
University of Melbourne concerned about the
current treatment of asylum seekers in Australia.
The Refugee Week Fundraiser is a night of live music
with Light Says Solo, Clinkerfield, Ryan Sterling and
RGB and all proceeds will go towards a book launch
and conference on current refugee issues.
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Time: 7.00pm – 12.00pm
Venue: The Cape Live (upstairs), 298 Brunswick
Street (Corner of Johnston), Fitzroy
Contact: Nikola: 0418 541 527
Email and Website Link: [email protected]
www.ras.unimelb.edu.au
Cost: $10 – buy tickets at the door
Thursday 21 June
Melbourne City Darfur Australia Network Short
Film & Silent Auction Evening
The night will include a photography exhibition,
silent auction, and the screening of the short film
“Children of Darfur.”
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Loop Bar 23, Meyers Place,
Melbourne City
Contact: Kate Elton, 0404 690 985
Cost: Free. Donations welcomed.
Friday 22 June
Richmond Yarra Settlement Forum
Refugee Week celebrations will be hosted
by Yarra Settlement Forum along with Collingwood
Language School, Fitzroy Learning Network,
City of Yarra, North Yarra Community Health
and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. Celebrations will
include lunch, dancing, music, metropolitan fire and
emergency services demonstrations, fire trucks,
art and performances.
Saturday 23 June
Carlton North Fitzroy Ball
Fitzroy Learning Network is holding its
annual fundraising event, the Fitzroy Ball.
All proceeds will support our refugee program
and the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse.
Time: 7.00 pm – Midnight
Venue: San Remo Ballroom,
365 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
Contact: Tickets available on (03) 9417 2897
or visit www.moshtix.com.au
Cost: $90
Wednesday June 27
Shepparton Performance by Actors for Refugees
Actors for Refugees will be performing for
approximately 150 of our Senior Students.
Time:1:45pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Notre Dame College,
Knight St, Shepparton
Contact: Peter Chalkle, (03) 5821 6622
Email: [email protected]
Cost: Free
Time: 11.00am – 2.30pm
Venue: Richmond Fire Station,
55 Church Street, Richmond
Contact: Maggie Abdelmalak (03) 9411 4333
or (03) 9411 3555
Aldo Malavisi (03) 9205 5036
Cost: Free
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