International Day at IGS

International Day is one of the biggest events on the School calendar at IGS, and this year’s celebration was a huge success.

From a Japanese tea ceremony, a Suara Indonesian Dance workshop, Japanese tea cup making, henna tattoos and so much more, students were spoilt for choice this year.

Principal Shauna Colnan addressed the High School assembly on Friday 2 August, where she declared the opening of International Day 2019 and asked deeper questions about languages.


The School welcomed keynote speaker, Gumbaynggirr storyteller and Aboriginal languages teacher Michael Jarrett and also hosted performances by the Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble of Sydney Dance Rhythm. 

“We know that languages evolve as people develop new ways to communicate thoughts and feelings to one another, so languages are never still, like a river, they morph, adapt and evolve over time,” Ms Colnan said.

Ms Colnan noted the hard work that is underway in reviving the precious languages of the first Australians.

“One word at a time, a revival that is testament to the uniqueness and survival of the world’s oldest living culture.”


“Continue to seize this precious gift that you have been given by your parents and by our School,” Ms Colnan said.

“It’s something to treasure that no one can take away from you.”

When Michael Jarrett took to the stage, the students were instantly captivated by his use of Gumbaynggirr words. 

He exchanged Gumbaynggirr words with everyone in the room, calling on the students to learn the words of his grandmothers and his grandfathers.

IGS thanks Michael Jarrett for joining the School’s celebrations of International Day and all staff, students, families and volunteers for their help in making International Day a huge success.