Listen Here

I WANT TO HELP
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We don’t really know how seriously sick or injured kids feel about missing school so we need to listen carefully

 

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FOR MANY REASONS IT’S COMPLICATED FOR THEM TO TELL US

 

Listen Here! captures thoughts and feelings of almost 100 sick and injured kids about missing school.

Listen here! adopted a simple Post-it® Notes-plus approach designed to capture the feeling and thinking words (or pictures) that sick kids associate with missing school.

The contribution from kids (via the collaborating organisations noted below) were collected, pooled, randomly collated and presented in a video storyboard.

The kids’ contributions have been designed into colourful posters for display in some of the places where they receive care.

Kids told their own stories, in their own words, when we asked.

A video of the Listen Here! story can be found on MissingSchool’s home page

Thank God this is being addressed. My daughter is about to start her year 12 exams -- seriously compromised after 18 years of chronic illness and so much time in hospital. It has been the most relentless and heartbreaking journey watching a smart child bow out of schooling, friendship circles and life like this ... this work is SO necessary.
~ Cristine C.

This is what I think about when I miss school

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This is how I feel when I miss school

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Listen Here! was produced with support from the following organisations:

Hospital Education Services, South Australia

Mater Hospital Special School, Queensland

Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital, Australian Capital Territory

Ronald McDonald House Charities (NSW, SA and WA)

Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute, Victoria

School of Special Education Needs, Western Australia

The Children’s Hospital School, Westmead, New South Wales