Harmony Week: East Maddington PS in harmony for celebration


Bernard Mangakahia performs. Picture: Jon Hewson
Bernard Mangakahia performs. Picture: Jon Hewson

EAST Maddington Primary School was treated to a colourful run of events in celebration of Harmony Week.

The weeklong celebration of cultural diversity and inclusion featured activities promoting unity throughout the last week.

Activities included kite flying, with all kites featuring orange to signify harmony, and bilingual book readings by parents.

This year, the school was treated to performances from two entertainers, African singer Valanga Khoza and Polynesian hoop dancer Bernard Mangakahia.

The shows had a strong cultural influence and focused on unity and respect.

Harmony Week concluded with its biggest event, a picnic on the school oval where pupils were invited to bring food from their own culture to share with their classmates and their families.

Principal Carolyn Lucarelli said Harmony Week was one of the school’s most popular events.

“Each year we look forward to celebrating Harmony Week, it’s one of the highlights of the year,” she said.

“We celebrate culture and diversity by providing opportunities for our families to give back by participating and sharing in the various cultures we have.

“I’d like to think it reflects our motto, Together Inspire Respect.”