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Celebrating Harmony Week

Every year we celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity, and how our country is made up of many people from all over the world. 

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. Both our GLC campuses are comprised of a diverse and multicultural community.

In the past few weeks, the St John's Newtown students have been speaking about the country of birth of either themselves, their parents, or their grandparents. Our students reported that the St John's Newtown campus is represented by an amazing 59 different countries. 

Along with classroom discussions and activities, the campus celebrated Harmony Week with a sushi lunch, dressing up in traditional outfits for our parade, visits from family members to classrooms, and a special Chapel, which featured a Djembe (African drum) performance and rendition of ‘We are Australian’, including in Auslan.

In library, St John's Newtown students shared where their families have come from, and the story ‘Luli and the Language of Tea’ by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, inspired our students to think about belonging, kindness, inclusion and sharing.

At our Armstrong Creek Campus, the school community also celebrated with a special assembly and chapel this week, featuring multi-lingual greetings from our students, songs from our choirs, blessings, and prayers. 

Secondary student leaders asked questions with a roving mike where we were able to hear all about the culture and heritage of different students and staff.

Thank you to families who submitted an international game video for students to play in the Primary classes and build awareness of our diversity around the world. 

The highlight of Harmony Week at Armstrong Creek was Tuesday where students had a free dress day where they could swap their uniform for cultural dress, clothing in the colours of a flag reflecting their cultural heritage or in orange, the official colour for Harmony Week. All Prep – Year 12 students also came together for a picnic lunch.