Lynwood Senior High School embrace diversity on Harmony Day

L-R: Lynwood Senior High School students Penda Yare Janneh (15) and Omid Hassani (16) with parents Jafar and Bazira Rahimi of Thornlie and students Dilani Karunakaran (16) and Hassan Habibi (15).Picture: David Baylis. d491850
L-R: Lynwood Senior High School students Penda Yare Janneh (15) and Omid Hassani (16) with parents Jafar and Bazira Rahimi of Thornlie and students Dilani Karunakaran (16) and Hassan Habibi (15).Picture: David Baylis. d491850

LYNWOOD Senior High School embraced its multicultural foundations as part of its Harmony Week celebrations last week.

The school hosted events in conjunction with its IEC (Intensive English Centre) community on Harmony Day last Thursday to recognise the positive effect of multiculturalism.

2013 Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi spoke about the advantages of a diverse society and the importance of embracing new Australians.

Students also helped create a ‘Tree of Harmony and Gratitude’, while the school’s Afghan students had the opportunity to fly kites which they had created throughout the week to honour a tradition from their home country.

Parents from the IEC community were also invited to a lunch at the school and encouraged to share food from their cultures.

IEC program co-ordinator Ania Duszenko said the school was proud of its diversity and celebrating its many cultures contributed to a better society.

“Harmony Week gives us a valuable opportunity to reflect on the diversity of our society and the advantages of the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia,” she said.

“We address explicitly and make young people aware of the importance of respect and celebration of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.