HELP UNITE 8YO PAETON JAMES WITH HER MUM
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We are calling out for your support to reunite a young family torn apart the the COVID-19 pandemic.
Imagine having your 8 year old child in another country, with days left to fly out to be with you, and then suddenly being told “Sorry, the borders are closed.”
Now imagine applying for an exception on compassionate grounds with the Department of Home Affairs only to denied because it doesn’t fit their criteria for compassionate grounds.
This is exactly what happened to one of our beloved teachers from Al Siraat College, Ms. Londa James.
Her 8 year old daughter Paeton and husband Theo were granted a Visa earlier this year. They were scheduled to travel in Australia to be with Ms. James in April. Sadly since Australian borders were closed due to Covid-19, not only have Ms. James’ family not been able to fly out to Australia but we’re now told she may not see her daughter for another year.
Sadly 8 year old Paeton is now experiencing medical concerns directly related to her being separated from her mother during this prolonged time.
Even with this knowledge, Department of Home Affairs have rejected the application to fly out Ms. James’ daughter and husband to Australia.
Ms. James is an overseas teacher sponsored by Al Siraat College and teaches one of our Foundation classes.
Our students have already experienced a disruption to learning as a result of the pandemic and have transitioned to and from online learning. Now that onsite learning has resumed we are eager to maintain continuity of learning for all our students and minimise any further disruptions. Ms. James continuation in her role is particularly important since she is teaching 5 year old students in their first year of school.
Al Siraat College management, staff and students are eager to keep Ms. Londa James on board. The College is prepared to support Ms. James’ in whatever way necessary to reunite this family. This includes financial support to cover costs relating to Paeton and Theo travelling to Australia, their hotel accommodation and other incidental costs to meet the quarantine requirements on arrival.
We respectfully call on the ABF Commissioner to reconsider his decision in declining Paeton and Theo James’ application to fly to Australia on compassionate grounds. They are no threat to our country. Their visas are approved. Ms. James has been an essential worker in Victoria through the pandemic and is a valued and respected member of our school community.
We really appreciate your support in reuniting this beautiful family torn apart by the COVID19 pandemic. Please share this petition with your contacts and networks
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