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Respect and Responsibility

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St Ignatius' College, Riverview and Noor Al Houda Islamic College, Strathfield

A Conversation Between Two Schools
The 'conversation' program explained by Melvin Morrow, housemaster at St Ignatius', and students.
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Melvin Morrow:
I'm Melvin Morrow, House Master of Campion House at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview. We had this idea that there is a need for conversation. Students at Riverview and at Noor al Houda come from obviously very different backgrounds. We're all Australians, we recognise that we have different traditions. We need to talk. Conversation is the way to go, to turn the theory of respect and responsibility into action. So we've arranged for our boys at different Year levels to meet each other on those Year levels with a view to getting to know each other as fellow Australians and hopefully becoming mates.
Student 1:
We're organising activities like a day at the beach, afternoon teas, games of touch footie, games of basketball – anything we can do to come to understand one another.
Student 2:
From this program I've gained a much greater understanding of different cultures and their beliefs, not just the Islamic culture. I've now got a greater respect and understanding for every culture, because I can see what the Islamic culture has been through and I can look past what they believe and just see the people, and who they are. I can now adapt that to other cultures, and I've got a much greater respect for everyone.
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