Everyone belongs

Back row left to right: Angus Malmo, Hayden Walker, Maddi Damschke, Harry Bahr, Lachie Walker, Nell Malmo. Middle row left to right: Hannah Zweck, Callum Lieschke, Scott Bradshaw, Jessica Toogood, Diaz Willis, Zaid Al-Musawy. Front row left to right: Henry Kilo, Kendra Walker, Shari Brdshaw, Joely Scott, Louise Hasler, Lachlan Fifield, Lily Campbell.Last Wednesday, March 21, Harmony Day was celebrated around Australia by schools and other organisations – and Henty Public School was no exception.

Everyone participating at Henty Public School last Wednesday wore orange, the Harmony Day colour, as a reminder that ‘everyone belongs’.

Theresa Kane, Assistant Principal at Henty Public School said she was thrilled to see almost the entire school of 116 students wearing orange to acknowledge the day.

“We have been celebrating Harmony Day since its inception in 1999.

“Our school has been covering multi-cultural aspects for some time through our Connected Outcome Groups (COGs) units and our students have a real understanding and empathy for different cultures and have shown they accept and embrace them.

“The theme of multiculturalism is also reinforced by our schools Reconciliation Action Plan. This plan involves the community and school working together to embrace Aboriginal culture.”

Recognising Australia’s cultural diversity, Harmony Day is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Day gives people the opportunity to celebrate what makes each Australian unique and also share what we have in common.

The continuing message for Harmony Day is that “Everyone Belongs”, which means all Australian’s are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background.

It’s a time to reflect on where Australia has come from, recognising the traditional owners of this land. It’s also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

Over the years, Harmony Day has grown in popularity as Australians have made the day their own.

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