iServi News | 19 March 2021 | Term 1, Week 6
Students and staff gathered to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity during Harmony Week, 15-21 March.
Harmony Week includes 21 March, which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
At Servite, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone help to shape our community and we deeply value the richness of our diverse student cohort.
The Department of Home Affairs leads national celebrations for Harmony Week. The department published some fascinating statistics about Australia’s diversity that can be good conversation-starters:
- more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia,
- nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
- we identify with over 300 ancestries
- since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
- 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia
- apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
This week we were delighted to welcome prospective families to experience our vibrant learning community during our College Open Day.
Our students were superb ambassadors for the College throughout the Open Day event. Students greeted and guided families on tours around the campus, sharing their perspectives on Servite as a school full of personalised learning opportunities. Entering a variety of classes, visiting families heard our students describe what they were learning, how they knew what they were learning, and the skills they were developing. Lessons were contemporary, dynamic and gave families an authentic view of ‘The Servite Way’ that shapes our teaching and learning.
Families had the opportunity to view the latest upgrades to our facilities, including the refurbished Shanahan classrooms, and glimpse the work underway on our Student Services Centre.
We are very proud of our growing school and enjoyed the opportunity to share it with others.
Families are reminded that siblings who wish to commence Year 7 at the College in 2022, 2023 or 2024 should apply now. The College is currently conducting enrolment interviews and places are limited. Our team is available to assist with any queries. Please contact Enrolment Officer, Mrs Patricia Buys, via email to email@example.com
Mr Jeff Allen