Harmony Day was celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, and schools around the region marked the occasion with their own events.
At Vasse Primary School, students and teachers came together for a whole school dance to the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘One Tribe’.
Cornerstone Christian College students were visited by the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health.
They ran activities with students students in pre-primary, Year 1, Year 2, Year 9 and 10.
There was traditional dancing, face painting and language games.
Tying in the curriculum, senior students discussed the Stolen Generation, with reference to The Rabbit Proof Fence, and Australian legislation affecting Indigenous people.
In Dunsborough, Dunsborough Primary School held an assembly hosted by the Year 3 classes.
Students sang and spoke about showing tolerance, respect, belonging, kindness and compassion to others as part of cultural diversity.
The whole school took part in a dress up day today, with students either coming dressed in orange or in an international costume.
At St Mary MacKillop College, students in Years 5, 7 and 8 cut out and decorated hands as a symbol of inclusion, adding what Harmony Day meant to them, and displaying the hands on the oval during lunch.
Year 6 students enjoyed a visit from the Indonesian Consulate in Perth, and were entertained by traditional dances from West Sumatra.
The kindy class invited parents in as guest speakers to share their children’s heritage from Switzerland, New Zealand, Italy and Finland.
Students especially loved tasting the traditional New Zealand cheese rolls and enjoyed the process of making traditional Italian pasta from scratch.
Students learnt about yodeling, rang a traditional Swiss cowbell and discovered that very different animals live in Finland than Australia.