Dianella’s Banksia Montessori School goes on global journey for Harmony Day

Banksia Montessori School celebrates Harmony Day.
Banksia Montessori School celebrates Harmony Day.

THE multicultural community at Banksia Montessori School in Dianella shared traditional food dishes and learnt about 23 cultures as part of Harmony Day celebrations on March 21.

Parents organised a Walking Morning Tea for 28 students, staff members and grandparents.

Students came to school dressed in traditional costumes and visited six tables to talk about different cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal, Arabic, Afghan, Belgian, Cantonese, Dutch, English, Filipino, French, Hindi, Malaysian, Scottish and Zimbabwean.

School director Fleur van Butzelaer said the multicultural composition of the community made a school an exciting place to learn and play.

Board chairwoman Linh Masilamani said the whole school looked forward to its Harmony Day festivities each year.

“The Montessori pedagogy promotes and celebrates cultural diversity,” she said.

“Thus, the meaning of Harmony Day fits naturally with our school’s values and beliefs, that it is OK to be different and that all cultures should be respected.

“It is important that we develop this kind of cultural appreciation in our children at a very young age as it will help make the world a much better and more peaceful place.”

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