Burrendah Primary School embracing diversity with special Harmony Week festival

Burrendah Primary School students (back) Fiona, Aleena, Sahasra, Aleesha, Sheasha, (front)Aaradhya, Merin, Emilia and Pranavi will be performing an iconic folk dance from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Picture: David Baylis
Burrendah Primary School students (back) Fiona, Aleena, Sahasra, Aleesha, Sheasha, (front)Aaradhya, Merin, Emilia and Pranavi will be performing an iconic folk dance from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Picture: David Baylis

BURRENDAH Primary School is embracing diversity with a free community event to celebrate Harmony Week.

The school will be celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity all week long in the lead-up to Harmony Day on March 19, kicking off proceedings with a Harmony Week festival on Friday, March 15 from 5.30-8pm.

The event will feature an array of multicultural food trucks and entertainment, including African drumming, bag pipes, henna hand painting, Chinese calligraphy and a Bengali choir.

English as a second language support teacher Beatriz Clark said the fete was the perfect opportunity for the community to come together, meet one another and share a table or a picnic rug over a meal.

“Like most of the schools in the Willetton area, 60 per cent of our students come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” she said.

“This makes our school community a vibrant and harmonious one where working and living in harmony is the norm.

“Rather than take it for granted, it is important to celebrate this and welcome new families that have joined us.”