Children and students unite in harmony
HARMONY DAY was celebrated a little differently this year at Little Gekos Early Learning Centre with a special visit by the Whitsunday College of English last week.
Although Harmony Day was on Saturday, March 21, the child care centre celebrated Australia’s cultural diversity on Thursday.
Little Gekos Early Learning Centre director Meredith McKenzie said the day was about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
“The whole centre celebrated Harmony Day. The children in each room provided food from their different cultural backgrounds and shared it with their friends in the room at lunch time,” she said.
“It was a great opportunity for children to experience different foods as well as provide them with a sense of pride when their food was acknowledged.”
Ms McKenzie said the children loved celebrating the diversity of the Little Gekos community as well as the wider community.
“It is a way of the children seeing that we are different but the same too and that we all have something to give to our world,” she said.
The Whitsunday College of English spent time with the kindergarten children at the centre.
The college students taught the children Frere Jacques, a French nursery melody that is traditionally sung in a round.
They also taught the chil- dren a series of games from Brazil, Spain, Mexico and South Korea and provided a demonstration of making a crane using origami.
The children also learnt how to say hello in several languages.
UNITY: Children from Little Gekos Early Learning Centre Scarlett Gascoyne and Taylah Stevens (back), Coby Kay, Tyson Fowler, Jay Schultz, Bailey Wickham, Seth Reynolds, Ella Kelly and Sam Pedersen with Whitsunday College of English students and kindergarten teacher Fiona Keane (far right) celebrated Harmony Day last Thursday.