Arabic kids in the school, classroom

Fairfield Public School is at Australia's front line in educating kids displaced by Islamic State. In July 2016, the school experienced an extra influx of enrolments of Syrian and Iraqi children, as the refugees welcomed through Australia's special humanitarian intake of 12,000 extra people displaced by the Syrian war began to trickle through.

They added to an already significant refugee contingent in the school's student population – of the 582 children enrolled at Fairfield Public, about 240 of them are refugees, or have parents who are. 

These are children who have seen more air raids and bombings than athletics carnivals or assemblies. They are children who have lost family members, either to death or diaspora, and in many cases have experienced big gaps in their formal education. They are kids who have never really had any playtime, and therefore haven't learnt the things that play teaches children. "These kids know a lot," says Kim Cootes, Smith's assistant principal, who is highly experienced in refugee students from diverse language backgrounds. "Just not the Australian curriculum."

Read full article from Sydney Morning Herald

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