Premier Daniel Andrews launched the Youth Art Exhibition at the Victorian Parliament House on Tuesday 29 October, hosted by Bronwyn Halfpenny MP in celebration of Young People’s Contribution to the Thomastown Electorate.

 Premier Daniel Andrews who gave a beautiful opening speech on the importance of young people sharing their stories.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Zakaria Mahad Hussein and his father Mr Hussein.

He thanked the participants, families and the community saying, “I want to thank you all for being here and sharing your stories because when we put all our stories together that’s the story of our state. This is about the diversity that unites us, the things that we share in common but also the things that challenge us all.  That’s what community is all about.  Fairness matters in this state, success matters too and of course, excellence matters.  We are stronger and more prosperous together and our diversity is a key strength of our state.”

Al Siraat College students with Arts teacher Gulsen Alhucema.


Several Al Siraat College student artworks were selected to be a part of this exhibition with a special interview conducted with year 9 student Nur Naziihah Hafidi reflecting on her artwork and culture.

Nur Naziihah Hafidi with artwork.

Head of Art Department, Mr Suffian Amin and leading specialist art teacher Ms Gulsen Alhucema as well as several staff from the art department were involved in coordinating the involvement of Al Siraat College students.

“We are here to celebrate the significant contributions that young people make to our society in many different ways.  Their efforts, sincerity, talent and generosity is infinite and should be celebrated more often.  This exhibition is a testament to those talents, the strength of the human spirit and the care we have for others,” Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny commented.

Lamiah Naddaf from grade 3c.

Other participating Muslim groups included Thomastown Mosque’s youth group led by Remzi Unal, Pakistan Welfare Organisation and Bint Al-Huda Iraqi Women’s Association each displaying amazing artworks, photography from major youth events and other creative displays.

Creative artist Noor Mohammed from Bint Al-Huda Iraqi Women’s Association displayed several exceptional artworks including a striking piece titled For the Orphans.

Noor Mohammed from Bint Al-Huda Iraqi Women’s Association.

Formal speeches were concluded with a speech by Youth Ambassador and member of the Multicultural Youth Network Nicole Nabbout who acknowledged and praised the countless young people involved in making the event a success. 

“Challenge yourself, try something new and be courageous. Embrace every single opportunity that you experience,” Nicole said.

Art teacher Ms. Gulsen with Amani Wadood grade 4.