BYDS Breakdown – December Newsletter

Dear people,

Halfway through December now, moving towards 2017. Our indoor plants provide us with sweet oxygen and greenery and are immune from the crazy hot days we just experienced. These beautiful plants and our worm farm remind me once again of how much we depend on nature to give us a life to live and how we must also think of how our day to day activities stress the biosphere.

With this in mind, we look forward to a huge year in 2017 with performance projects; The Bond, writing and illustration with Root and Branch, HipHop through 4ELEMENTS and RESPECT and community stories through COMPACT being given a new life to share through podcast, image and passion.

2016 was a crazily productive year that you can all read about in our annual report. All of us here at BYDS wish our readers a happy holiday and hope the season gives you time to reflect on the importance of friends and family. 

Tim Carroll, Director

Truth and Mysteries launched at Bankstown Public

We are absolutely thrilled to usher in our latest Westside Jr publication, Truth and Mysteries, launched at Bankstown Public on Monday, 5th December. 

Congratulations to Filip Stempien for seeing it through to publication; from concept to editing to printing. This launch triggered Filip’s transition into the much coveted position as Sydney Morning Herald intern. We look forward to hearing about Filip’s journey into the world of journalism and hope the work that he has done with BYDS over the last seven years across a swathe of projects lights up his soul and mind now and then.

Thanks for Truth and Mysteries also goes out to Michael Campbell and WestWords, to the wonderful loving teachers at Bankstown Public and the enthusiastic students who wrote and illustrated the book. Stephanie Peters ran illustration workshops and Alex Berini designed the book – a great team effort!  We are committed to continue this great work with Bankstown Public through the Crown funded Root and Branch project next year.

White Ribbon Performance

The RESPECT boys from Bankstown Public performed, I Choose to be a Gentlemanat the Blacktown White Ribbon Breakfast – the biggest White Ribbon event of the year. Among the 800 attendees was Premier Mike Baird, who happily posed for a photo with the boys after their fantastic performance! Thanks to the effort by teachers getting up at 5.00 am to ensure 100% attendance!

The Wattawa Heights RESPECT boys performed, the Choice is Yours to Make at the Lakemba White Ribbon Day to great acclaim with an audience of over 1000. 

We are so impressed with the work that Craig Taunton has done this year with our ‘apprentices’ Bilal Hafda, Zainab Kadhim and Kane Leo – special thanks to our C4C facilitating partner, The Smith Family. We look forward to 2017 and our ability to influence positively so many boys and young men about domestic violence.

Two new videos from Chullora and Wattawa Heights Public available here.

Koori Youth Forum

In the last week of November, BYDS held the annual Koori Youth Forum at the Bankstown Arts Centre. With the departure of our beloved Indigenous Arts Officer, Tim Bishop, the ever eager Coby Smith-Carr took the reins to ensure a fantastic event.

There were over 60 Aboriginal children from 5 different schools who participated in a day of cultural immersion: traditional dance, language and art workshops.

Tim Bishop was on hand to share his love of culture along with Katie Leslie, Darren Compton and a host of students and teachers. We are looking forward to more Indigenous youth arts in 2017.