Stepping into Lumen Christi Catholic College's music room on Friday morning, I found guests Sudanese women, Aziza and Majida, babies on hip, dancing to Arabic music on a YouTube video.
Majida's husband Mohammed was smiling and clapping along in the background.
Every now and then Majida and Aziza broke out into shrills of delight and the whole room, a mixture of teachers, students, visiting migrants and refugees, became wrapped up in the moment, laughing, clapping and loudly shrilling back.
The welcoming scene in the classroom was one of delight, pure happiness and optimism.
"This was one of our protest songs," Mohammed said during a special morning tea the Lumen students put on to welcome the refugees to the Far South Coast.
"It's a song of peace - it means the morning will come. In Sudan there is so much trouble," he explained, scrolling his Facebook feed on his phone to show me the latest news from Sudan.
He stops at an image of a young boy wounded by bullets being lifted up by weeping men.
"You see, we say there is hope and the morning will come; but one dictator has left and another has come in his place. And still the abuse is happening," he said.
Mohammed's own boys, both around the same age as the boy in the image, are running around giggling in the school playground, just outside the window.
I ask him what his hopes are for life in Australia.
"For my children to be independent, good people and to carry on the same kindness the people of Australia have shown us," he replied.