Chil­dren and stu­dents unite in har­mony

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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