From warzone to class captain

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23 February 2023

Leza SoloveiOver the last year, seven-year-old Leza Solovei has made a successful transition from being a student in Ukraine to being elected class captain at Sacred Heart School, Kew.

Leza enrolled in the school in April 2022 after fleeing Ukraine with her mother. The school supported Leza by waiving her school fees, providing a uniform and helping her learn English. Leza’s story of determination at the school was featured in The Age on 21 February.

Sacred Heart School is one of many Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne supporting refugees from the conflict in Ukraine. The experience of students supported by Mother of God School, Ardeer, and Stella Maris School, Beaumaris, was profiled in an SBS News story last year.