Celebrating Harmony Day at Holy Family

Students at Holy Family Primary School, Merewether Beach embraced the theme of Harmony Day, ‘Everyone Belongs’, this week by celebrating everyone’s family cultures as a whole school.

In preparation for the event, students captured the heritage of their parents and grandparents on a giant world map which was on display in the playground for all to view.

After a sushi lunch, the school community reflected on why it is important to celebrate diversity and culture in a Harmony Day assembly. Students enjoyed a visit from parents across 11 different nationalities, who took the time to share their various cultural backgrounds by presenting information, pictures, music, language, treats and special ornaments from their country.

Holy Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher, Frances Courtney, organised the Harmony Day activities.

“The day was very festive – during recess students enjoyed world music and international treats, sampling biscuits and lollies from many different countries. One of the highlights was eating Pashmak – a Persian fairy floss that translates as ‘sheep’s wool’ due to the strand-like pieces of spun sesame and sugar. This was to mark the beginning of Nowruz, the Persian New Year and the beginning of the Spring Equinox,” Mrs Courtney said.

The day concluded with students and parents leading craft activities from Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam and Iran. The children went home with wide smiles and memories to share with their families.

“We are grateful for the parents and the Holy Family community who willingly enriched our understanding of harmony through cultural diversity and inclusion,” Mrs Courtney said.

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