Celebrating cultural diversity

IGS students from Early Learning, Primary School and High School wore orange in celebration of Harmony Day.

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Students were encouraged to support the celebrations by wearing National Dress or something orange on Monday of Week 9.

Students were also encouraged to get involved by:

  • Sharing a meal with friends and asking everyone to bring a dish that means something to them
  • Attending local community events
  • Sharing their personal story
  • Watching/reading/listening to something in their native or second language
  • Asking others about their culture
  • Reconnecting with people they miss who may live in another country
  • Reconnecting with places they miss.

Children in Early Learning Green explored diversity by creating a range of faces. 

First, Early Learning Educators explored the Building Belonging E-book, which is focused on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings.

“We looked at mirrors to see our facial features and discussed our similarities and differences,” Early Childhood Teacher Michelle Tenkate said.

Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 engaged in activities in both home class and Language classes.

“Students enthusiastically completed posters to enter in a national competition, and they engaged in craft and storytelling activities in language classes,” Italian Teacher Annamaria Ferragina said.

“Students wrote Harmony Day letters to an anonymous ‘friend’ in another language class. When the letters were delivered there was much excitement to see which letter they received and which language they had to decipher.”