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Celebrating Harmony Day at Cairns High

18/03/2016
​​Year 7 Civics and Citizenship students dressed up in their choice of national dress or wore the official Harmony Day colour; orange.
As part of Year 7 Civics and Citizenship study students are organising and participating in Harmony Day activities next week. Held annually, Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. The focus of the day is to promote inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Harmony Day has become a valued tradition at Cairns State High School.
 

The students and teachers will wear an outfit that represents a particular nationality; alternatively they will wear orange, the colour for Harmony day. To start the day our senior Indigenous students of the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow team will do the Acknowledgement to Country. The Year 7s will then participate in quiz activities about different countries and learn about foods from around the world. Students will also have the opportunity to learn some of the steps of the New Zealand Haka and play games of bocce and croquet on the lawn. The day will conclude with a fun and expressive fashion parade. 

“This is a great tradition for Cairns High, we have students from many backgrounds here and this day will encourage awareness and acceptance of our differences, as well as having fun and learning about other cultures”, commented Mr Martin Long, Year 7 and 8 Humanities Teacher. 

The central message for Harmony Day is “everyone belongs”, and acknowledging the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians. As part of the school’s Guiding Statement we actively encourage and participate in activities which value “Diversity of background, beliefs and abilities”.