Dances, kite-making mark Harmony Day

Some pre-primary and Year 1 students running with their Harmony Day kites.  Picture: Martin Kennealey
Some pre-primary and Year 1 students running with their Harmony Day kites. Picture: Martin Kennealey

It was all part of Harmony Day, an annual event used to celebrate cultural diversity.

While Harmony Day was officially held on Saturday, many local schools ran events a day early.

East Hamilton Hill Primary School’s cultural diversity has changed massively in recent years with about 25 per cent of students being born overseas or having one parent who was.

As part of Harmony Day, students dressed up in colours representing their heritage.

Deputy principal Danielle Roache said the idea was to encourage conversation between students and families.

‘There was definitely a buzz around the school on Friday as students arrived at school and went into their classes,’ she said.

‘There was also a sense of pride from those students who had worn clothing representative of their cultural background.’

Elsewhere, South Lake Primary School combined Harmony Day with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

The day saw performances by Aboriginal students, Russian dancers, South Pacific dancers, the school choir and concluded with a Maori haka. Students also paired with each other to make kites as a visual display of co-operation and getting along.