Harmony Day and it’s Importance: Harmony Day is a day for the recognition, respect and appreciation of cultural diversity in Australia. It was founded in 1999, on the same day as the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which was proclaimed in 1966. Australia has a very diverse population, with 1 in 4 Australians born overseas, making this an important event to celebrate our diversity.
Events around the School:
During Harmony Day, students participated in a cultural scavenger hunt around the school. Lily and a Sulman student (W.T) placed orange ping pong balls around the school and allowed the other students and teachers to subsequently scavenge for them. These ping pong balls were labelled with words from other languages around the world and as these balls were collected, the students and teachers with the linking card would read the definition and place of origin of the word. Once all the balls were collected and the trip around the school was finished, we discussed other words we know from our culture such as Korean and Japanese.
These ping pong balls were then placed on a map to signify the word’s origin in a physical sense. The aim of this activity is to look at language not as a barrier, but as a bridge.
Links and External Sites:
Harmony Day Site: https://www.harmony.gov.au/
UN Elimination of Racial Discrimination: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-racism-day
Written by: W.T.