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Celebrating our Cultural Diversity

Over the last two weeks, both our campuses celebrated Harmony Week and our College’s cultural diversity through a range of activities. Here’s a summary of how GLC marked Harmony Week 2024: 

Harmony Week activities kicked off at our St John's Newtown campus during Week 8 with library sessions acknowledging the cultural heritage of some of our students: Hong Kong, China and Japan. There was also an amazing 75 entries in this year’s Harmony Week poster competition.

The whole school then came together, dressed in either Harmony Week orange or cultural dress on Monday for the annual Harmony Day Chapel, which was led by 3LW. Our choirs also sang beautifully, and the winners of the poster competition were announced – congratulations to winners!

In library sessions students explored the cultures of Vietnam, India and Kenya. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who came in to share their cultural heritage with our students.

Harmony Week was an activity-filled week at our Armstrong Creek campus as well. On Tuesday, our Year 9 and 10s brought in a plate of something to share, representing their cultural heritage. From Speculaas to Fairy Bread, kerupuk to Tim Tams, there were plenty of options for our students to sample.

Our College Captains and Year 12 PDS students organised a range of activities throughout the week for students to take part in, including: a Guess the Flags competition, Hands for Harmony activity, where students coloured a tracing of their hand in the colours of their heritage, creating Chains of Harmony with messages of what Harmony Day meant to each student, and marking on a world map where their family heritage originates from.

On Thursday, students were encouraged to swap their uniform for either cultural dress or orange attire, reflecting the official colour for Harmony Week. Both Primary and Secondary students then came together for a whole school picnic lunch, where they were entertained by some of our talented musical students.

To round out the week, Year 3-6 students were treated to a traditional Indian dance by one of our Year 4 students at Friday’s Primary Brick Devotion. It was an exciting week for all our students, gaining a better understanding of the many cultures that make up our vibrant College community.