Cultural diversity celebrated across the diocese on Harmony Day

Students at St Bernadette
Students at St Bernadette's Primary learnt about different cultures and traditions first hand

Schools across the Diocese of Parramatta celebrated Harmony Day on 21 March. Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity reflected in this year's theme, ‘everyone belongs’.
Students from Holy Family Primary, East Granville were encouraged to wear something that represents their cultural heritage. More than 30 nationalities were celebrated as families were invited to share a picnic lunchand African-Brazilian dancers performed and taught students how to play the drums.
Students from St Nicholas of Myra Primary, Penrith celebrated Harmony Day with an ‘English-a-thon’ including fun activities based on book studies and a trivia quiz with questions based on students’ knowledge of favourite books. Students celebrated cultural diversity by wearing the traditional dress of their culture or the colour orange – the nationally-recognised colour of Harmony Day.
Orange clad students from St Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park invited parents and volunteers to take part in a number of activities and began their day with a moving prayer service where parents recited the prayers of faithful in their native language and their children said them in English.
Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, said Harmony Day is an important occasion to celebrate the diversity of our school communities. 

‘Harmony Day is a great opportunity for us to recognise the diverse cultural backgrounds of families in our school communities and promote understanding and a sense of belonging,’ said Greg.