Harmony Day: How the world should be

Schools all across the Parramatta Diocese joined in the Harmony Day festivities celebrating the wonderful diversity in one of Australia’s most multicultural areas.

Holy Family Primary (Granville East) students dressed in the traditional costumes of their family’s homeland, yet were proud to still call Australia home. 

Principal Yvette Baird said her school community was place where words such as hate, racism, discrimination and intolerance were replaced with respect, love and relationships. 

'This is how our world should be,' she said. 

Yvette said we need to celebrate what is important to us as a faith Community. 

'Harmony is based on trust and begins in our hearts and spreads to our words and actions,' she said.

“The children reflected on this message by experiencing activities that first and foremost lead us to finding and building our relationship with God.” 

The students continued their outreach work for CARITAS raising money to buy pigs for the school’s sister community in the Philippines. 

Another activity focused on empathy, carrying water from one place to another, mirroring the lives of so many children in impoverished countries.  

Children also created a ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ banner to be displayed in our school proudly. 

'Holy Family is a  multicultural community where 96 per cent of the students are from non-English speaking backgrounds,' Yvette said.  

'Our diversity is proof that people from all cultures can live together, share experiences and work towards making our world a great place to live.' 

Three young boys from Lebanese backgrounds took a different approach and wore white T-shirts as a symbol of world peace.

'If there were no colours and flags then we would all be as one and there would be no wars,' one said.

Posted By Patrick Whiteley at 28/03/2017 8:12:18 AM

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