Beating the drum for new immigrants

Filming the Same Drum music video (Facebook/Akolkol Dastan Gesa/Ella Wright)

Students from a Perth Catholic school are the stars of a new music video calling for unity and acceptance across all cultures. Source: SBS News.

The song, Same Drum, was created by students from the Intensive English Centre (IEC) at Aranmore Catholic College.

It’s designed to spread a message they believe is important for everyone who migrates to Australia - embrace Australian life, but never forget your cultural roots.

The music video was unveiled at the start of Western Australia's Harmony Week, which incorporates Harmony Day celebrations.

The song features four languages – Swahili, Dinka, Kinyarwanda and English – and was written by the students as part of a project by artist and filmmaker Poppy van Oorde-Grainger.

“The kids were so excited, especially the IEC students who’ve only recently arrived in Australia,” Ms van Oorde-Grainger said.

“I think for them to have the opportunities to work together as a team, learn new skills like filming and singing and dancing, they were stoked.”

Those skills gave the students involved a chance to share their thoughts on life in Australia, including Frank Mucho who rapped on the track.

“Sometimes people look down on others that don’t speak English,” Mr Mucho said. “This project gives us kids an opportunity to explore our ideas and talents and break stereotypes.”

Aranmore is one of the most diverse schools in Perth with a wide range of cultures studying together.

For Principle Declan Tanham, making sure all of his students thrive is a core focus, especially if they’ve come from a challenging environment.

“The students, when they arrive, often come with the trauma that arises from being involved in a conflict situation,” Mr Tanham said. “It takes them quite a while to become comfortable in a new country, a new school, in new classes, a different way of teaching.”

“It’s really very gratifying to see the students settled into the school and become quite at home. As I said to the students recently, we all come from somewhere.”


'Show your talent': Perth students call for cultural unity with music video (SBS News)

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