Small schools broaden Harmony horizons

More than 200 students from eight small primary schools and a high school gathered today at Dungowan Public School to mark Harmony Day.

Students hold up works of art. Students hold up works of art.
Image: Students rotated through a series of arts, craft and sports activities at Dungowan Public School's Harmony Day celebrations.

The small schools came together for Harmony Day activities that reinforced the message of inclusion and belonging, supported by secondary students from Tamworth High School.

Dungowan Public School principal Kerri-Anne Hubble said it was a great opportunity for students of the local small schools in north-western NSW to experience a variety of cultural and social backgrounds.

“As well as connecting with new friends from other school communities, celebrating Harmony Day is a chance for students to broaden their horizons and consider the diversity within our schools and the wider community,” she said.

The primary students rotated through a series of arts, craft and sports activities with the Tamworth High students that highlighted inclusion and wellbeing. A highight of the day was a performance by Tamworth High’s cultural dance group.

The primary schools taking part in Harmony Day celebrations were Attunga Public School, Currabubula PS, Dungowan PS, Duri PS, Moonbi PS, Nundle PS, Somerton PS and Woolomin PS.

A teacher with two students in traditional costume. A teacher with two students in traditional costume.
Image: Undercliffe Public School Principal Helen Missiris with students Pip Kemp and Zane Saadat.

Diversity in classroom practice

At Undercliffe Public School in Earlwood children dressed in traditional costumes and took part in a Spanish dancing workshop.

Principal Helen Missiris said the multicultural school embraced its rich cultural diversity.

“Celebrating the rich diversity of all students is something that should be embedded into classroom practices each and every day,” she said.

“Harmony is such an important concept for children this age because they will grow up to study and work with a variety of people.

“It’s wonderful for them to respect differences and understand the diverse cultures and how they can bring so much richness to our community.”

Pip Kemp, in Year 5/6, wore a Welsh costume and said she enjoyed learning about other countries.

“Harmony Day is about accepting all the different cultures in the world,” she said.

“It’s important because then everyone’s allowed to be themselves and embrace where they’re from.”

Zane Saadat, also in Year 5/6, dressed up in a Lebanese costume.

“Harmony means peace and kindness,” he said. “It helps everyone like each other and have a good relationship with each other.”

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