At St Eugene College Burpengary, they have a special tradition of donating a book to a library in a different country when a family or staff member is travelling overseas. In 2019, the McDonald family took a book to a library in Ukraine whilst visiting family, which included their then 10-year-old niece, Liza. Liza presented the book to her school librarian, taking the below photo to send back to St Eugene College as thanks.
Above: Liza presenting a book from Australia on behalf of her family to her school librarian in Ukraine, 2019.
Despite this adversity, Liza is a positive and kind girl, enjoying her new life with her aunt's family in Australia. She is immersing herself at St Eugene College, after receiving a full scholarship as part of Brisbane Catholic Education's Refugee Support Funding.
Above: Liza with friends in her Pastoral Care class.
“We are blessed to have Liza here and be able to help this lovely family." said St Eugene College Principal Louise Olley.
As a trained contortionist, Liza recently took part in an Arts Showcase evening, and starred as Ms Honey's gymnast mother in the College's musical 'Matilda', where she amazed the audience with her gymnastic skills.
Above: Liza is a trained gymnast and contortionist and has enjoyed performing at St Eugene College.
Brisbane Catholic Education currently supports 10 families with Ukrainian background, with financial and pastoral assistance available via our schools. We pray for peace and those impacted by the Ukraine war.
Brisbane Catholic Education Office
2A Burke Street, Woolloongabba Qld 4102 Australia
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GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia
Phone: (07) 3033 7000
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