Harmony Day, held on Thursday, 21 March 2019, is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures we are fortunate to experience in Australia and, in particular, at Holy Cross College. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
During the week leading up to Harmony Day there was a number of small articles and videos presented to students that explored stereotypes, diversity, accepting others and the challenges of discrimination. A colouring-in competition was held in the Junior school throughout the week highlighting different cultures and their traditional costumes. Students explored themes of cultural diversity on Harmony Day via international foods and a lunchtime concert.
At recess time, students had the opportunity to purchase a number of small multicultural snacks from the cafe. The food included drinks, vegetarian dishes and hot snacks from a variety of different countries from around the world.
At lunchtime, the student leaders sold hot dogs, soft drinks and fruit boxes with all funds raised being donated to Catholic Missions. Catholic Missions is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Compelled by the message, “life and love of Jesus Christ”, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission—in Australia and around the world. Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1,100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life—physically and spiritually – regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion or gender.
A small parade of traditional costumes was on display during the lunch break along with some entertaining cultural dancing.
We are grateful to our student leaders and, particularly, the Inter-relationships Leaders for their work and effort in organising a fantastic day. We especially thank Mrs Bond for her tireless efforts in drawing the day’s activities together.