Forbes Public school took the opportunity to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity by joining in Harmony Day celebrations in March.
“The school was decorated with orange balloons and ribbons and students wore something orange for the day, as orange is the traditional colour chosen to represent harmony,” said coordinator Megan Hodge.
“Students participated in classroom activities, and joined with their buddy classes to complete a poster representing the Harmony Day message: Everyone Belongs.
Unfortunately due to wet weather, a whole school photo activity organised for the day was not possible to go ahead. However, Nathan Steele from Steele Technology was more than happy to return the following week to produce a great aerial shot of all staff and students spelling out the word HARMONY.
“The students were captivated by this unifying event!” said Megan. “We joined together for the morning, as we celebrated being us. It was a great experience that the students loved being part of. As the activ- ity was not on Harmony Day, it was a great opportunity to talk to the students about everyone belonging every day, not just on Harmony Day,” said Megan.
Following the photo, all students sang an American/Indian song lead by Mrs Stitt. The song is about respecting the natural envi- ronment. “The song celebrates everyone living in harmony with everything that’s living in the world”.