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Intensive English Centre
Learning how to use English well in high schools
Term 2 2013
Linda Wang 3S2
Refugee Week is always held in Australia to include World Refugee Day,
which is on the 20th June.
What is a refugee?
who has been forced to flee their
country because of persecution, war,
violence or natural disaster.
The reason for Refugee Week is to
make us aware of the difficulties faced
by refugees and to celebrate the contribution they make when they start a new
life in Australia.
This year’s theme is �Restoring Hope’
which symbolises that, while a refugee’s
journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope.
Differences to a migrant?
No choice
No preparation
No time to think
No connections with family
No chance to return
From which countries ?
Most people fleeing their country and
seeking asylum in Australia come from
Afghanistan, Sri Lanka & Iran.
Reasons for persecution?
For their race, religion, nationality or
being a member of a social or political
What can we do?
We should cherish a sense of equality and
help refugee students in whatever way we
We should appreciate the effort they make
to adjust to a new life.
Nathan Le 3S1
Many refugee students have passed
through the IEC on their journey in
life. For Refugee Week this year I
interviewed Hadi Hosseini our
teacher’s assistant, about his journey
from his homeland, Afghanistan, to
Why did your family have to leave
your country?
They left because of a war between Afghanistan and Russia 35 years ago.
You were born in Iran. How was your
life there?
We were living illegally. We had no right
to work or to study. They made fun of our
language and nationality.
What happened when you were deported back to Afghanistan?
I was mistreated again in my own homeland. I first heard the word �Hazara’. It was
very painful for me.
screaming created fear and hopelessness.
Can you describe your journey.
It was frightening. I lost my past and had
no idea about my future.
Learn about refugees and inform other people
about their pain and problems. You can be a
voice for those who have lost hope. Once the
community understands the issues they will
think more positively about refugees.
What dangers did you face?
On the boat from Indonesia the sea was
unforgiving. Rain, huge waves & people
Did you ever lose hope?
I was complaining about my situation. I thought
my fate was so unfair. Why did I not have the
fundamentals of life? But I never lost hope. I
believed that something good would come in
the future.
What are you doing now?
After overcoming many obstacles I learnt English, finished high school and now I am doing
my degree in Accounting as a full-time student
and working part-time.
What is your message in Refugee
Week ?
The CIEC Bushcare group was formed
this term. This group of students, teachers and local residents meets once a
month with Willoughby Council’s
Bushland officers to help preserve the
bushland behind the portable classrooms.
This area has some magnificent, tall Blue
Gum, Blackbutt & Angophora trees
but also lots of different weeds.
Students in this group included Effy Li
3S1, Zoe Chen 3S1, Ann Shi 3S2,
Tony Liu 2S1, Wilson Wu 2S1, Steve Lin, 2S1, Jeffrey Deng 2S1, Jason
He 3S1, Rex Wang 3I, Qizhang Zhu
3S2 and Chris Zhang 3S2.
This term they met three times and
worked on a very weedy site. First they
used rakes to roll back a thick carpet of
weeds such as Trad, Morning Glory,
Thistles and Bidens.
Then they did some hand weeding to
prepare the area for planting.
The group’s task is to clear the weeds to
allow the native plants to regenerate and
create a habitat for native animals. Some
of the native plants include native geranium, warrigal greens and weeping grass.
Next they dug holes to plant some
new Mat Rush plants and used bamboo sticks to put in place tree guards
to protect them. The boys then set
up a compost pile for green waste and
used some logs to create terracing
to prevent soil erosion when it rains.
While working, the students were
fascinated by the variety of wildlife
on the site. They took photos on
their phones of curl grubs, skinks,
centipedes and very tame kookaburras.
Students are welcome to join the
group next term which will meet on
the third Sunday of every month
from 9 o’clock to 12 noon.
the IEC
Damien Gits 3J
Why do we compost at school?
It is a good idea to compost at school
because when we do that we don’t
make pollution but we make a clean
earth for people and we make the plants
grow faster. That is why we have four
compost bins at the IEC.
What do we need for composting?
For composting we need:
NITROGEN (food scraps, fruits and
veggies, green garden clipping etc).
What is Compost?
When the food or living things die they
become decomposed by bacteria or
fungi. This material is called compost.
We can use this dead matter to fertilize
our garden.
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CARBON (dried leaves, branches,
straw, grass clipping).
OXYGEN (air is very important and
the compost must be turned regularly).
WATER (the compost mixture must
be moist not soaking wet)
What can we compost?
Meat and bones
Fish and shellfish
Grains and pasta
Dairy products
Eggs and shells
Plate scrapings
Fruit and veggies
Coffee filters and tea bags
Garden trimmings
We can’t compost:
Plastic bags
Chewing gum
COOKING in the TAS class
My class CSWE 2 has a TAS
lesson (Technology and Applied Studies) once a week. We
learn practical skills about food,
health and hygiene. Food is very
important in our lives. It provides
us with energy. If you want to
have good health you need to eat
healthy food.
To make good food you need a
clean environment. A chef needs
extra procedures for cleaning
before cooking. Care for cleaning
is very important to the chef. The
chef needs to be clean and organised. Before starting in the kitchen the chef needs to wash his
hands first. He must use only
clean dishes and he must always
use detergent to clean the surfaces of the kitchen.
Cooking is an important part of
our life. In our cooking lessons
the teachers teach us how to
cook healthy food. We learn
about cooking with fresh vegetables from our school garden
which is maintained by Ms
Rosales and the students of the
Gardening group. We get fresh
vegetables and herbs like spinach,
cabbage, bok choi, cauliflower,
lettuce, parsley, coriander, sesame and shallots.
We learn how to cook using recipes from different cultures. Each
week we try something from a
different country. We made Korean pancakes, Vietnamese vegetable rice paper rolls, Chinese stir
-fry vegetables with noodles,
Italian spaghetti Bolognese and
other mouth-watering dishes.
One week our Japanese teacher,
Mrs Fehlner, taught us how to
Hamidullah Hayati CSWE 2
make prawn, avocado & cucumber sushis. It was not an
easy task but the sushis were
We learn how to follow health
and safety procedures. These
lessons really help us to cook
responsibly. For example meat
and vegetables need to be cut
separately on different cutting
boards to prevent cross contamination.
We also paid a lot of attention
to Composting. We learnt
what we can put in the compost
bins to turn our kitchen waste
into compost for our garden.
This term, the students of CSWE 1
and CSWE 2 were introduced to
the “Healthy Eating Program”
conducted by the Australian Red
The Red Cross representative, Ms
Phillipa Bishop, and a volunteer
visited the IEC to tell us the importance of eating healthily.
It was so nice for me to gain this experience and I am now very confident to cook
delicious and healthy food. I am now
known as �a very good cook’ but before
I used to be very confused about cooking
food as I did not want to try out new
foods. Now I’m willing to try new things
and I enjoy it.
We went to Coles Chatswood for
shopping for healthy foods and returned with big bags of quality foods
which had meat and vegetables.
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Anzac Day is one of the
most important days in Australia. It is on the 25th of
April, a day, set aside in
both Australia and New
Zealand to honour those
who have fought for our
The ceremony ended with the
Australian national anthem.
We all learnt a lot on that day,
not only about Australian history, but also about a kind of
spirit, the Anzac spirit. It was
really a significant day.
uniforms, sat around the �Pool
of Reflections’ in front of the
The pool is flanked by rows of
poplar trees which symbolize
France where Australian soldiers fought during WW1.
Chatswood IEC joined in the
commemoration ceremony
for Anzac Day. We assembled at the Anzac Memorial, a majestic building, in
Hyde Park.
Then we came to the important
part of the ceremony _ the Laying of the Wreaths. I was honoured with performing this
task with Gary Csernai 3S2.
The ceremony started with a
song performed by a girls’
choir. The beautiful melody
and the girls’ clear voices took
our minds away and won our
The focus of the ceremony
was on the broad stairway
of the Anzac Memorial. Students from many different
schools, wearing different
Zoe Chen 3S1
With sacred music playing in
the background we walked up
the steps and laid our wreath
under the cenotaph quietly. At
that moment, I felt glorious,
just like the great soldiers
standing in front of me. I will
never forget that moment.
Then one student representative made a speech about the
history of Anzac Day and the
purpose of the ceremony. The
atmosphere was serious as we
listened to this important information.
On the 23rd of May, all level 3
IEC students braved the heavy
rain and went on a fascinating
excursion to Hyde Park Barracks to deepen our
knowledge about Australian
History and, in particular, to
learn more about how the convicts lived.
At the Hyde Park Barracks,
we 80 or so students were
divided into four groups. With
the support of really interesting
guides, we were given lots of
information about the life and
work of convicts.
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Nathan Le 3S1
In the Barracks, we saw many One highlight was when we had a
real artifacts & galleries right chance to lie down on reconin front of us.
structed hammocks, to imagine
how 30 convicts lived and slept
there together in a room that is
only 36 square metres.
It was amazing to see the artifacts (primary physical
sources!) like bits of cloth, tobacco smoking pipes, plates and
cups that have existed under the
floor boards for almost 200
years, right in the heart of Sydney, and which were found during an archeological dig around
25 years ago.
Despite the bad weather, everyone was very excited about the
excursion, and the smiles on
everyone’s faces proved it. It
not only showed us how Australia was before, but it also told
us how harsh it was for people
in those days.
In one room, we also saw maps
and paintings showing how Sydney grew in the first decades after
the First Fleet arrived here in
On the
15th May
all of the
of the IEC
went to Milson Island for a
school camp for three days.
We all had to meet at school at
8 o’clock in the morning. We
didn’t have to wear school
uniform so we all looked very
happy. Teachers checked our
names and then we got onto
one of the three buses.
After 45 minutes travelling
north on the Pacific Highway
we arrived at a wharf on the
Hawkesbury River at Kangaroo Point.
We got onto the ferryboat and
sailed up the river for about 30
minutes to Milson Island.
We had a 10 minute walk up the
hill to the assembly area under
the umbrellas.
We went to our cabins to put
down our bag. Then we came
back to the assembly area for
lunch and after that the teachers
told us the program for the next
three days.
We had activities during the
morning and afternoon such as
canoeing, archery, fishing,
high ropes, giant swing,
bushwalking and cooking
Lia Marti 3I
In the evening we played games
in the Rec Hall and had a lot of
fun. For supper we had cake and
then went back to our cabins to
chat with our roommates.
We had our meals in the Dining Hall. The food was okay.
Some students had to help with
the cleaning up after the meals.
We learnt a lot about Milson After that it operated as a prison
Island’s history. We went on before it changed to an educabushwalks around the island.
tion centre for school camps.
We discovered that the Aborigines lived there 200 years During this camp we had a lot of
ago. They used bark canoes, ate fun and we especially enjoyed
our free time. We practised our
fish and lived in the caves.
speaking skills and learnt to
speak English better.
We then got off the boat at
Milson Island and took a bag,
any bag, onto the shore.
Then it was a hospital for soldiers returning from the war
and after that it was used as a
Mental Hospital. On our
bushwalk we saw the deserted
Nurses Quarters where they
say there are ghosts.
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Dates to Remember
First Day of Term 3
16th July
21st July, 18th Aug, 15th Sept.
The Newsletter
Term 2 2013
Linda Wang 3S2,
Nathan Le 3S1,
Damien Gits 3J,
Gibberagong Excursions
30th July, 31st July,1st August
Zoe Chen 3S1,
Lia Marti 3I,
Hamidullah Hayati CSWE 2
�My Girragundji’ , play
8th August
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