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Milpera State High School promotes girl power through education

​Former Milpera State High School student Soheila Mohammed is back at the school supporting students as a teacher aide while she completes her education degree

For many Queensland students, starting high school can be a daunting transition. However, for students at Milpera State High School, the journey has its own challenges with many of the students coming to school with very little English and often from war-torn or developing countries.

Neha Bhatnagar, a traditional dancer and former The Essence of Leadership (TEL) talk presenter who works with girls from the slums in India, spoke at the school recently about the importance of education.

Ms Bhatnagar said that she was very impressed with the way Milpera State High School supported girls who had come from difficult backgrounds, as the girls strive for success through education.

"When asking the girls to tell me how they see women embodied in words, it's inspiring to see how positive the words the girls come back with are," she said.

"The girls used words like strong, clever, honest, hardworking, resilient, beautiful and amazing to describe themselves and women they know.

"Even though the situations these girls came from were hard, the school is fostering a sense of positivity and strength that will mean these girls will continue to push themselves to succeed through gaining an education," Ms Bhatnagar said.

Milpera State High School Principal Ian Miller said that the students have migrant and refugee backgrounds, with all bringing diverse experiences of education, life, languages and cultures.

"Milpera is a great place for these inspiring students to continue their learning," Mr Miller said.

"All Milpera girls and boys receive a high quality education designed to develop their English language and equip them for further study.

"Many of our students are able to speak 2, 3 or even more languages, it's quite amazing. They work hard to acquire academic English and a deeper understanding of Australian culture and this is so important for their future success as citizens of this country," he said.

One past student, Soheila Mohammed, a Kurdish refugee from Iran, started her education journey by learning to speak, read and write English at Milpera.

"Soheila completed a Master's degree and now is back supporting students as a teacher aide while completing her education degree," Mr Miller said.

"We are very proud of how this school positively impacts students' lives and gives them opportunities to be involved in the wider community."

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Last updated
17 June 2019