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Diversity something to be proud of at Bishop Viard College

Sep 2nd, 2016 | By | Category: Latest News


The principal of Porirua’s Bishop Viard College is incredibly proud of her school and its students.

Principal Rose Sawaya who has only been at the school for just over a year says she likes to be involved with everything that’s happening at the school.

She is personally interviewing all the students from other schools who plan to attend Bishop Viard’s school ball.

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Bishop Viard College Principal Rose Sawaya

“I want them to know the standards we have for our students and expect them to abide by them too,” she says.

Inclusiveness is something the new principal values a lot, that’s why Rose Sawaya says she is keen to be with the students every step of the way.

She says extra steps are taken to help the new students feel comfortable.

During the week there are 2 teacher aides who speak Spanish and 2 who speak a variety of Burmese dialects.

“We have the teacher aides present when we have meetings with the students or at parent teacher meetings and even when we send news letters to the parents we get them translated in their language,” she says.

At a recent mufti day which coincided with International Refugee Day, students shared stories, food and performed cultural dances.

The principal says a lovely thing happened when one of the Samoan students learned the dance of her Colombian class mates and performed with them.

Rose Sawaya who says her school has more refugee students than any other Wellington school, is keen for New Zealand to increase its refugee quota.

“We support it completely, it’s part of our ethical beliefs as a catholic school. They have a right to freedom, a peaceful life and when they come here they share their culture with us and that’s a beautiful thing,” she says.

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