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The Gratitude Project: A Celebration of Stories


‘When you practise gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.’ Dalai Lama

The Gratitude Project was a collaboration between Bridging English as an Additional Language (EAL) Unit 2 and Media Unit 2 which presented powerful messages celebrating diversity. Senior students from both classes worked together to present their final assessment at the Bendigo Goldfields Library on Thursday 8 November. Their stories were celebrated in a published format ‘Our World of Colour’ (available from the College) and were also showcased in creatively-adapted short documentary clips.

The evening was an opportunity to shine a light on the students as young leaders in our community and to share the stories and experiences that have helped shape and strengthen them as young writers and artists in our community.

This fabulous event featured a small, yet profound, student-led Q&A-style panel discussion on the narratives and documentaries. The students discussed the big ideas and inspirations at the heart of their work, as well as sharing personal aspects of their stories.

Congratulations to Bok Chol, Dhurjang Deng, Hakima Qorbani, Win Boe, Po Tu Tu, Tunny Young, December Taw Thoo and Ma Aye Tha for their leadership and example to the community.

Ms Dianne Hill & Mr Peter Hughes


With Challenges Comes Strength (Hakima Qorbani): ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.’ Cayla Mills

Being Different is a Strength (Po Tu Tu): ‘Difference gives the world colour.’ ‘I am grateful for the challenges that have helped me grow into the person I am today.’

Imagination is Freedom (Bok Chol): ‘Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.’ Deepak Chopra

Resilience and Composure (Dhurjang Deng): ‘It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.’

Friendship and Courage (Win Boe): ‘When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our community.’