– By Beck Smith
“Harmony Day 21 March is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.” The Australian Government; Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Harmony Day is a very important to the ASMS, as there are many students that come from cultures all around the world, and by having this day we were able to appreciate each students culture and background.
To celebrate Harmony day students and teachers dressed in their traditional clothes from their culture or country. Students and teachers participated in this day by sharing national or traditional foods within their tutor group after a special assembly with a guest speaker.
An assembly was held for the whole school, where Ghani Nasery, a social worker, came and talked about his journey to Australia. Mr Nasery’s family took the risk of sending his to another country, to better his life. He travelled from many areas that were run by terrorists at the time and then travelled by boat to arrive at Christmas Island and after six months of being held there he was released he was sent to South Australia to a Specialist English school, where he learnt how to speak English. Allowing the whole school to hear his story made many of us stop and think about how lucky we are to live in the country that we do.
28% of teachers and students that answered a survey about this day said that the ASMS Harmony day celebration was ‘average’ and that it could be improved by sharing different foods with the whole school by interacting with each of the tutor groups or by having a communal table set up. Most students believed that the celebrations were good as there was a guest speaker, stickers and balloons that floated down after the assembly.