Today we shared the text The Day War Came.
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious… When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.
Here are some of our reflections….
Vince: to give people a home and always be kind
Destiny: that we are lucky to have a home and be safe in Australia
Ai: spread kindness and share
Miriam: be kind and don’t keep things for yourself
Rachael: we should help others who are in need
Melvina: we should try to help people
Asher: let people in even if they are from different countries
Benjamin: War is about loss
Georgiana: to be kind to everyone from different countries
Aaliyah: to be grateful that you have someone
David: we can help by donating to charities
Ethan: give and share with others
Jashandeep : respect people even if you don’t know them
Becky: to always be kind to others
Mahi: never leave people out
Sarah: to help people in need
Alessandra: to be gratful for what you have
Ceclia: Gratitude that we aren’t in a war
Jakob: Be kind to others
Grace: To try to understand what they are going through
Marli: To help others and be grateful
Angelina : Help others before you help yourself
Akur: things happen for a reason
Reyven: share what you have if you don’t need it.
Denzel: to help other people and don’t be mean
Yafet: Help others not matter whether they are the same