Arriving and moving on

Flightpath: afterwards

Dorothy Hoddinott and students

Dorothy Hoddinott and students

Image Wolter Peeters/Sydney Morning Herald

‘For almost two decades Dorothy Hoddinott and her team at Holroyd High School have been channelling the aspirations and hard work of newly arrived refugee students. She talks to Richard Aedy about Holroyd High and her teaching career…’

Listen to the half-hour interview at

‘If you look around,’ says Hoddinott, ‘six out of every 10 students here are refugees. A third have been in Australia for less than three years. Most arrive with no English at all; many are illiterate. And yet 40 per cent are going on to university. Compare that with a national average of 30 per cent. Something is happening here that is quite extraordinary.

We have children who have seen their parents murdered; we have children who have been raped; we have children who have been forced to live in poverty and fear in refugee camps. So our first task is to normalise lives – coming to school on time, having books, wearing uniforms. The semiotics of that are very powerful…’

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Flightpath: afterwords

I dwell in Possibility –

A fairer House than Prose –

More numerous of Windows –

Superior – for Doors –

from I dwell in Possibility by Emily Dickinson

 And from two writers who do dwell in prose:







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