Students, staff and families have celebrated Harmony Day. Since first held in 1999, Harmony Week has grown to become a significant time for Australians to come together and celebrate our nation’s cultural diversity. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our nation’s history and character.
The day was celebrated with cultural free-dress or showing support by wearing the colour orange. Orange has been the Harmony Week colour since the first event was held in 1999. Traditionally the colour orange relates to social communication, stimulating two-way conversations. At the same time it encourages self-respect and respect of others.
We also celebrated with a whole school prayer service which was a delightful and uplifting experience. Many thanks to Fr Pavol and Fr Kenneth for leading the service and to our amazing families that came along and supported, many of whom joined in by dressing in traditional cultural garments. The day was topped off with a wonderful shared lunch experience. Thank you to Wendy and the wonderful parents who helped to make this a special day. A big thank you to the Ricupero family who provided all the tomato sauce for this occasion.
Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone, values that extend well past the week of celebration.