Diversity celebrated at Your Face, Your Story Exhibition
23 - 27 November, 2009 - SYDNEY: A public exhibition of the artwork produced by Cabramatta High School students as a result of the 2009 Your Face, Your Story mentoring program was today placed on display in the Commonwealth Bank’s Banking Chamber in Sydney’s Martin Place.
The collection of paintings, photography, collage and prose detail the stories and histories of the students, many depicting the long, hard journey their families took to reach Australia and their different experiences in contemporary Australia.
Beth Godwin, Principal of Cabramatta High School said the diversity of cultural backgrounds at the school contribute to the various themes brought to life in the students artwork.
“Some of these themes explored include war, refugee camps or violence, however all students share the same appreciation of culture and humanity and it is so important for them to be encouraged to share their experiences in a safe environment,” Beth said.
The Your Face, Your Story mentoring program between Commonwealth Bank staff and students from Cabramatta High School has been running since 2007, encouraging students to share their cultural background through a written/creative piece of work. 42 Cabramatta High School students were paired up with mentors from across the Bank, completing four one-to-one mentoring sessions throughout the year. This is the second year the artworks are displayed on public exhibition.
The Commonwealth Bank has worked with Cabramatta High School since 2006 as part of its membership of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), a membership organisation of committed business leaders and companies which focuses on education and provides mentoring, partnering and support programs to those students and schools that would most benefit.
Ms Carey Badcoe, Chief Executive of the Australian Business and Community Network, said the Your Face Your Story program continues to inspire both its members and the students involved.
“The project owes its success to the dedicated teachers, mentors and students who spend many hours working together on writing and creating these exceptional stories. 2009 has seen the program grow from strength to strength with everyone involved learning an incredible amount from the process,” she said.
November 23-27, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Commonwealth Bank, Banking Chamber, Ground Floor, 48 Martin Place
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About Commonwealth Bank and Cabramatta High School
The Commonwealth Bank provides funding and support for the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN). ABCN aims to inspire, challenge and engage businesses to have a greater positive impact in the community.
As a member of the ABCN, the Bank helps to run a mentoring program at Cabramatta High School in South-West Sydney that assists students in developing their literacy skills.
The original “Faces” program started at Cabramatta in 2007 and in 2008 the program was extended to students from high schools across Australia. In 2009, Commonwealth Bank staff engaged with students in four one-on-one mentoring sessions, held over two terms both in the CBD and at the school. Throughout the sessions, students were encouraged to explore their cultural origins and express them through art and storytelling.