iServi News | 19 March 2021 | Term 1, Week 6
This week the College celebrated Harmony Week. Harmony Week was established in 1999 as a day to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity in our nation. It has now become a week where we celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate and work to maintain this. Harmony Week is about inclusivity, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. We are all united by a set of core Australian values.
This year the theme for Harmony Week was ‘Everyone Belongs’ and we have had some amazing things happening at the College to celebrate our multicultural community. From student and staff singing, to African drumming, Tarantella dancing and Mr Accordion Man playing at lunch each day, the College was alive with our many cultures. The students and staff enjoyed the live entertainment and even joined in for a few dances!
Throughout the week we were also treated to a range of cuisines at the College Café, including Italian, Greek, Asian, Mexian, Indian and Australian, which both students and staff absolutely loved! The highlight of our week was the traditional dress day, where both staff and students were able to showcase their cultural heritage with pride, by wearing traditional dress from their cultural background. Overall, it was a wonderful week where we could embrace and acknowledge the many cultures present at our College.
As Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, said “We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race.”
Ms Adriana Rocca