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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
22 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 MB NEWS Film puts differences to one side Strathfield South High School students Kevin Newport and Sophia Gounder with Strathfield MP and Citizenship Minister Virginia Judge. A SHORT film made by students of Strathfield South High School, which tackles racism, prejudice and difference among their peers, won the Government award at the annual National Multicultural Marketing Awards announced last week. The 30-minute film entitled We are all Australian, made by the students of South Strathfield High in collaboration with Windsor High School, is now included in a resource package distributed by the Immi- gration Department to every school in Australia. We are all Australian throws together students from South Strathfield, which has a population of 82 per cent non-English speaking background, including many of Lebanese and Asian backgrounds, with Windsor High, which is largely of Anglo- Celtic background. The film records their interactions about religion, hairstyles, homosexuality, respect and disrespect, clothing, appearance, head scarves and accents. It demonstrates the innate prejudices of all the students about others who are different. They admit it frankly to the camera but after meeting many times over the course of a year they changed completely as they realised how small their differences were. Community Relations Commission chair- man Stepan Kerkyasharian said he was thrilled the student film had won the Government Category award. ''On their own those kids from South Strathfield and Windsor have knocked down a huge wall of fear, misunderstanding and intolerance,'' he said. ''They are already changed and ready to get on with their lives in this country, ready to accept everyone as their fellows Aust- ralians.'' Strathfield South High School now studies the issues presented in the DVD as part of it Year 11 English curriculum. *On MBF Young Extras Cover for singles. Includes 30% Government rebate. Premium based on Tasmania, varies in other states. †Take out any MBF Extras Cover before 31 December 2008 and claim straight away with no 2 and 6 month Waiting Periods. Other Waiting Periods and Limits apply. New customers only. MBF Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590. MBF0143s 12/08 Get selected MBF Extras Cover for around the price of bottled water. Great value Extras Cover could cost less than a bottle of water -- because you can join selected MBF Extras Cover as a new customer from as little as $2.80 a week*. What's more, you can claim straight away† on general dental, physio, optical and many other services. But hurry, this offer ends 31 December 2008. MBF was recently awarded a CANNEX National 5-star rating, so you can be sure you are getting the best value Extras Cover in Australia. We're here for you, so come and visit your local MBF team at Rhodes Mirvac Shopping Centre, 15th-21st December
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