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From the Head of Senior School (Issue 10 2017)

Written on the 6 July 2017

The White Ribbon Foundation/ Zahra's Foundation - Guest Speaker, Arman Abrahimzadeh

"My mother Zahra was a brave woman who endured so much pain and abuse from her husband through her married life, yet she remained strong for her children. She was a woman with so much hope. My mother is my hero." Atena Abrahimzadeh.

"We are wanting to set up this foundation to help those whose situation we were in when we fled our family home. Thinking back now, my mother was the rock and the backbone of our family. Her positive outlook on life is a trait that I miss and will never forget. This particular trait is one we hope to capture with the foundation." - Arman Abrahimzadeh.

Arman Abrahimzadeh put down the hand-held microphone and asked the students if they could hear him. He paced quietly in front of the whiteboard and told his story. It took him a while; he spoke honestly and without drama. It is a story that he has told many times over and the audience listened intently, taking in everything he was saying.

He spoke about his family life and the struggles his mother and two sisters had with an increasingly violent father. He told the audience that when he was 21 years old, his father murdered his mother. He is now 29.

We have a strong Pastoral Care program for all students and Arman's presentation last Wednesday morning was a wonderful example of the opportunities that students have been offered. I was impressed by the 321 Year 11 students who listened closely and asked respectful questions when invited. They were clearly moved by Arman's brave and powerful message.

Many thanks to Shannon Jones (Head of Montagne House) for organising the event.

Gail Morgan
Head of Senior School



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