My first school was Parramatta Public School. My mum used to pack two lunches, one to get stolen and one I could eat. It was a very diverse school. I don’t think we used the word multicultural in those days. I’m glad I went there as it gave me a broad outlook on life at an early age.
High school was Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney.
I had a history teacher that took us to hear Jack Lang speak. She was an amazing teacher that used what was happening politically or socially to engage her students. She went beyond the call of duty. Going to a Catholic school did give me a sense of social justice as there was always fundraising for missions in PNG and elsewhere and the nuns were active in the community.
It gave me the idea that social justice was not just about charity but getting involved in the political sphere as well. Throughout the school there was a culture of expectation that girls would lead independent lives and contribute to the community.