Love and respect message for Harmony Day at Chisholm

Chisholm Catholic College students celebrating Harmony Day.
Chisholm Catholic College students celebrating Harmony Day.

THE message of ‘love and respect’ filled the hearts of a Bedford school community as part of Harmony Day celebrations.

Chisholm Catholic College held its annual event on March 20, where students donned orange clothing and cultural dress and took part in a march with flags from different countries.

More than 40 cultures were celebrated on the day.

Principal John Bormolini said the day was a time to “reflect, find strength in love and respect one another regardless of differences”.

“It is a wonderful occasion and tradition that is not just something we celebrate as a college, but has a special place in the fabric of who we are as Australians,” he said.

Head girl Francesca Martino encouraged students to promote the values that the late Caroline Chisholm expressed.

“Caroline Chisholm, our school patron, was a strong advocate for equality, and showed strength in her belief that we all belong, regardless of difference,” she said.

“She dedicated her whole life to putting the needs of others before herself, welcoming and caring for migrants arriving in Australia.”

Head boy Jayden Chiu said the day was something he deeply cared about as his family migrated to Australia from a “war-torn” East Timor.

“Harmony Day is about recognising the fact that we, as a society, are stronger, and able to work better, together,” he said.

“Let us continue to work towards a more accepting and harmonious society, one in which we are all united by one commonality – we are all Australian.”

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