Manager of Clarence River Women’s Refuge Nav Navratil, teacher Tanya Flanders and Art Teacher at Acmena Greg with a door painted for the refuge by students at ACMENA.
Manager of Clarence River Women’s Refuge Nav Navratil, teacher Tanya Flanders and Art Teacher at Acmena Greg with a door painted for the refuge by students at ACMENA. Adam Hourigan

Students help brighten days

STUDENTS attending school at the Acmena Juvenile Detention Centre in South Grafton have given their time to add some calming influences to those affected by domestic violence.

Over the past four months, students at the Induna School, which is housed in Acmena, have been producing a ‘calming’ painting they donated yesterday to the Grafton Women’s Refuge. Two of the detainees who worked on the painting said giving was part of their program.

They told Nav Navratil, from the Women’s Refuge, they were pleased to give the painting and a number of edible treats.

“We wish you a merry Christmas,” one said.

Ms Navratil said she expected many of the detainees had come from homes where domestic violence had been involved.

“It is a way for them to give to children who might be going through the same sort of thing,” she said. “It’s nice they have acknowledged there are people in need.”



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