Hammond Park PS hold global picnic for Harmony Week

Hammond Park PS students, teachers and parents. Photo: Jon Hewson. d492049 communitypix.com.au.
Hammond Park PS students, teachers and parents. Photo: Jon Hewson. d492049 communitypix.com.au.

COSTUMES, food and people from all corners of the globe converged on Hammond Park Primary School for a community global picnic last week.

A range of activities including the Clontarf Aboriginal Dancers, Irish dancing, singing performances and the creation of a Harmony Tree kept the students entertained during the belated Harmony Week event, with the day culminating in a celebration picnic where students and their families were invited to bring a plate of food representing their culture to share with friends.

Hammond Park PS teacher Andrea McFadden said the event gave students the chance to learn more about the different cultures within their community.

“One of our teachers has great experience with a similar event that was held annually at an international school at which he taught, so we have used his knowledge and ideas to guide the development of our very own Global Picnic,” she said.

“The most crucial aspect of the Global Picnic is that it creates a platform for learning and accepting difference and diversity that is made available to not just the students, but their families too.

“We want the students to take away with them an understanding and appreciation of their own culture as well as that of their peers through the sharing of food and performing arts.”

A City of Cockburn grant helped fund the event.