Aubin Grove PS celebrates its diversity for Harmony Day


Year 6 students Bella Hammond and Kiefer Lake, Year 1 student Nathan Chogah with Year 2 students Yousef Naser and Jeremiah Bayao. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Year 6 students Bella Hammond and Kiefer Lake, Year 1 student Nathan Chogah with Year 2 students Yousef Naser and Jeremiah Bayao. Picture: Matt Jelonek

WITH more than 1150 students there is no doubting Aubin Grove Primary is a massive school.

But a survey last year could also place it as one of the state’s most culturally diverse.

The school’s 2016 Community Matters Family Survey revealed 52 per cent of students had at least one parent who was born overseas.

Thirteen per cent were born in the UK, while 8 per cent were born in India and 5 per cent in New Zealand.

About 60 countries were mentioned in the survey.

Deputy principal Mesha Steel said it was that diversity that prompted the school to take a proactive role in recent Harmony Day activities.

The school held a picnic, calling on students to bring a small plate of food reflecting their family’s background.

Students also put up decorations to reflect the different cultures that make up a classroom.

“Harmony Day exceeded expectation,” Ms Steel said.

“It got a lot of conversations started.

“We’ve noticed a real shift in people and students.

“People who might have been quieter or a bit nervous to speak up before are a lot more confident.”