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Full sketch as drawn by Mercy Connect Volunteer

Sr Mary Lewis RSM is at the frontline helping refugees and asylum seeker students settle into the Australian education system. At the end of each month, all our Mercy Connect volunteers submit a report to their respective Coordinators giving them an update of how they are going. Recently, Sr Mary received one moving report where a volunteer’s words spoke about remembering those students in their class that they felt were left behind.

I am enjoying the work and hopefully, it is having some meaningful impact on my students. The students are a mixed bag, all having different needs. Learning to listen and be patient has been an invaluable experience. It is wonderful to able to deal with students on a one-to-one basis – I fear these were the ones left behind in my classes when I had another 26 students to deal with...

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