All around Australia on Wednesday 21 March we celebrated Harmony Day – a day that is designed to encourage the celebration of other cultures, to break down differences and to forge connections across cultures and nationalities.
Here at Loreto Normanhurst, we celebrated the theme of ‘Growing Together in Harmony’ through an international food stall and a wonderful mini concert where some of our students celebrated their cultures and shared their talents with us.
There was a wonderful atmosphere of warmth and fun in the Deirdre Rofe Centre during the concert and as the rain poured down, the cheers and claps encouraging the girls performing became louder. Maria Treacy (Year 10) and Sarah Scott (Year 10) welcomed us all through an important Acknowledgement of Country, celebrating the culture of our First People. Frances O’Brien (Year 7), one of our first place recipients at the CSDA Public Speaking Competition last week, shared her powerful speech on the importance of being multicultural, even when it gets difficult and messy. Lara Al Amri (Year 11) taught us how to say ‘hello’ and ‘my name is’ in Arabic, and Sanjana Ramachandran (Year 12) and Saoirse Hickey (Year 8) shared their talents through cultural dance.
It was wonderful to see the support and joy the girls brought to the day. Harmony was certainly in the air!
Ms Rosanne Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator