Hilal Dannawi Holroyd High, NSW

The sense of belonging at Holroyd High explains why Year 12 student Hilal Dannawi comes to school with a smile on his face every day.

My first encounter with Holroyd High School was in 2012 as I was entering year 8. I had no idea how much school would change me.

There is a large variety of students from different countries that come to this school because it provides students with an Intensive English Centre (IEC) which provides expertise in English-speaking development.

My school at a first glance seems like your ordinary co-educational school. It is however, one of the most diverse schools I have ever been to. You are immediately exposed to a large amount of people from multicultural countries from all around the world.

Our school caters for a large amount of people worldwide especially refugees who have been displaced in life and have come from war-torn countries.

By empowering those who need it most and helping them achieve the best results possible, we learn to accept those who are different and come to understand that everyone is unique and not all the same.

  • At Holroyd High School I felt a sense of harmony and belonging…
  • Feeling accepted into the wider community and not excluded based on the colour of skin or the country you come from (social inclusiveness).
  • You are able to live a happier more vibrant life and achieve the best you can be.
  • My cultural beliefs are acknowledged and I am able to live in freedom.
  • Feelings of isolation and loneliness are removed as everyone in the school community would like to get to know you better and accept you for who you are.
  • I’m curious to explore deeper into other cultures and possibly visit countries one day in the near future of my peers at the school.

In my opinion, all these positive aspects of our school community are what makes it a great school. The need for promotion of cultural diversity is crucial and significant to our day-to-day lives wherever we are.

My experience throughout high school has impacted me significantly. It has made me come to see and reflect on my previous beliefs and opinions. Every day I come to school with a smile on my face as I truly believe that this is where I belong and where I’m accepted. On a daily basis I encounter students from countries such as Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, China and many more. All these students possess good characteristics such as friendliness, honesty and acceptance. I would not be where I am today without the guidance of my principal, my teachers and my peers and all the students from diverse backgrounds I have met along the way.

By empowering those who need it most and helping them achieve the best results possible, we learn to accept those who are different and come to understand that everyone is unique and not all the same.

Hilal, 17 years, was born in Australia and is of Lebanese decent. He Is a Year 12 Student Representative Council member at Holroyd High. Next year he hopes to attend university where he can continue his passion for writing and in the future he looks forward to new experiences and hopes to travel.

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