The Westerner

School hosts harmony

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cassidy Connett, Courtney Hamlin, Hannah Cunnington, Taylor Cooper and Sam McCouat enjoy the unity at Pine Rivers State High School during its Harmony Day celebrations.

Cassidy Connett, Courtney Hamlin, Hannah Cunnington, Taylor Cooper and Sam McCouat enjoy the unity at Pine Rivers State High School during its Harmony Day celebrations.

A snapshot of Australia’s cultural diversity was on display recently when local schools hosted Harmony Day celebrations.

Hundreds of students at Pine Rivers State High School gathered to promote cultural understanding, while celebrating the ethnic diversity at the school.

Students formed a circle of teenagers to represent the joining of cultures, and holding orange balloons to signify the diversity of cultures at the school.

Pine Rivers High School teacher Miriam McCrohan said the event was organised by the school’s Multi-cultural Committee, which comprises 24 Year 12 students.

Ms McCrohan said the event allowed students to “show respect to all cultures and where they have come from”, as well as  “recognising the traditional owners of this land”.

“Our school encourages students to acknowledge and recognise that we are part of a multi-cultural community not only within the school but within Australia,” she said.

“Harmony Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits and potential that cultural diversity brings.

“It also highlights our school vision of ‘Informed citizens building harmonious communities’.”

Ms McCrohan said the school’s student population was comprised of people from Samoan, Tongan, Solomon, Maori, Fijian, Cook Islander, indigenous Australian, Rarotonga, New Zealand, American, Phillipines, Polish and other backgrounds.

Students at All Saints School at Albany Creek also celebrated Harmony Day.

Students wore orange clothing, with donations from the day directed to Cowitas, which raises money to help people in developing countries purchase cows.

Around 4300 Harmony Day events were staged by schools, community groups, businesses and councils throughout Australia.

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