Book Week at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre

Book Week at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre

Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre, 'That's Why I Wrote This Song' by Susanne and Tory gervay, Butterflies by Susanne Gervay for Book Week The walls are high, the security is tight – locks, guards, security codes.

I’ve entered the world of Sunning Hill Education in the  Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre (JJJC).

The teachers are welcoming and professional. Their goal is to give these girls vocational and social skills so that they won’t have to be incarcerated again.

I am given a serious induction session- the security and the way it operates.

I have the privilege of being in the staff meeting where the weekend reports are read out and discussed – this young offender was unsettled, that young offender had to be subdued, privileges are removed, Sunday afternoon had no events.

Sunning Hill Education in the  Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre (JJJC),Walls of the Juvenile Justice Centre, Susanne Gervay speaking to teenage inmates for Book WeekI am taken through locked hallways, across the courtyard to the lecture room. It’s modern with book posters including ‘That’s Why I Wrote This Song’ and ‘Butterflies’ on the wall and a display of books for the girls to read. I am only allowed to bring in my books.

There are 6 teachers-staff-security present as the 15 teenage girls are brought in.

My Book Week  talk is one hour about search for identity, the journey of writing with my daughter Tory, ‘That’s Why I Wrote This Song’ and meeting challenges through ‘Butterflies’.

The girls look down, some look at me and so begins a very special hour sharing story and life.

My heart goes out to these girls, because they are just girls like my daughter.

I am glad to be part of this day. I am glad there is an education facility with the Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre.

I hope I have touched even a few of these girls, as I want them to have a life where they can pursue their dreams.

They deserve that.

I appreciated this special experience.

That's Why I Wrote This Song by Susanne Gervay, 'Psycho Dad by Tory Gervay, I Wanna Be Found by Tory Gervay, talking at Sunning Hill Education in the  Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre (JJJC).Butterflies by Susanne Gervay, endorsed by Children's Hospital Westmead, That's Why I Wrote This Song by Susanne gervay, 'Psycho Dad by Tory gervay, I Wanna Be Found by Tory Gervay,, talking at Sunning Hill Education in the  Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre (JJJC).

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

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