Re­gion cel­e­brates cul­tural har­mony

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era and Tom Zaun­mayr

The Pil­bara’s mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was cel­e­brated by dif­fer­ent lo­cal groups on World Har­mony Day last Tues­day.

Dampier Pri­mary School has a strong tra­di­tion of ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­ter­na­tional day of diversity and this year marked it with a free dress day where stu­dents were en­cour­aged to wear the Har­mony Day colour of or­ange.

Within buddy groups, they spent the day ro­tat­ing through ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing read­ing books from dif­fer­ent eth­nic back­grounds and mak­ing hand­print friend­ship trees in art.

Dampier Pri­mary teacher Crys­tal Dick­son said her young stu­dents were al­ways ex­cited for Har­mony Day.

“Har­mony Day al­lows the stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to see each other as dif­fer­ent but also see where their sim­i­lar­i­ties are,” she said.

“It’s also a chance for them to talk about the key words like re­spect and ac­cep­tance and what that means to them.”

Stu­dent Jor­dan Dremel, 10, said he liked how Har­mony Day en­cour­aged peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate dif­fer­ent cul­tures as well as the free­doms they had liv­ing in Aus­tralia. “What it means is that we’re all to­gether, we’re all work­ing in a team as one,” he said.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dents cel­e­brated with class quizzes, mu­sic in the quad­ran­gle at re­cess and lunchtime, and mak­ing coloured hands for dis­play in com­mon ar­eas.

Tam­brey Early Learn­ing Cen­tre held an af­ter­noon tea fea­tur­ing dishes from coun­tries across the globe, made by cen­tre staff and chil­dren.

In Tom Price, the P.E.A.R.L.S se­niors group also held a Har­mony Day event at Nin­tirri Cen­tre on Satur­day morn­ing.

Stores sell­ing food from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties were all on of­fer. Nin­tirri Cen­tre neigh­bour­hood cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Peggy Miller said Har­mony Day was a good oc­ca­sion for bring­ing dif­fer­ent parts of the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“It’s an event to get every­body out, and to fo­cus on our cen­tre as well and let them know what we have avail­able for every­body,” she said.

Bud­ding artists from City of Kar­ratha schools took their paint­brushes to Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s pipe near Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre last week , cre­at­ing wa­terthemed Abo­rig­i­nal art to cel­e­brate Har­mony Day and World Wa­ter Day.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Sophia Saun­ders, 7, Bri­jette Bell, 8, and Jae Graben­hofer, 9, cel­e­brate Har­mony Day.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Dampier Pri­mary stu­dents Thomas Shin­gle­ton, 11, Cody Wilkes, 10, Evie Acker, 5, Emer O'Brien, 11, An­gus O'Brien, 6, and Archie Bar­nett, 6, show their art­work.

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