The End of a Great Term One

The Abraham Institute had a strong start to the school year, doing seven Pursuing Peace (P2) presentations in Term One.

Our first presentation for the year was at Tatachilla Lutheran College, where we presented to the entire Year 8 - 12 cohort during chapel. It would not have been possible without the use of technology so we took on-board some new skills at the same time. The staff and students made us feel very welcome and we’re keen to go back and work with individual classes.

We received an invitation to be involved in a Year 11 seminar during Harmony week at Mercedes College. The Year 11 Religion classes were looking at the Abrahamic faiths, as well as harmony and diversity, and what happens in societies where there is none. It was the first of our collaborations with the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre (AHMSEC) and we hope there will be many more. Mercedes College now refers to both the AHMSEC and Abraham Institute as “dear friends.”

Most of our presentations were to the Year 9 students at Scotch College. Our contact there jokingly suggested that we might need to wear school t-shirts since we’re there so often. We presented to four classes at Scotch College and most of the sessions involved extended Q and A. We were very pleased with the students’ curiosity and openness, and feel we learnt from many of them, as well.

We also did a P2 at Thebarton Senior College to the Year 11 and 12 Peace Studies class. What a morning that was! Thebarton Senior College is a school of high diversity so we had a huge variety of cultural backgrounds in one room. We did some activities that looked at the need to feel part of a group, how -despite one’s background - our human values are very similar and then had a long discussion on issues that were important to the students. We were blown away by the maturity and openness of the students.

If you’d like us to come to your school in Terms 2 or 3 or both, please register your interest before Friday 3rd May in order to receive a fully funded presentation.

Rachel Gillespie

Director

Abraham Institute