Diversity celebrated in music and dance at Greenwood College

Aboriginal dancers Zachariah King, Stanley Whyte, Mykaela Tullock and Baylee Alexander at the multicultural costume parade.
Diversity celebrated in music and dance at Greenwood College
Aboriginal dancers Zachariah King, Stanley Whyte, Mykaela Tullock and Baylee Alexander at the multicultural costume parade.

STUDENTS celebrated cultural diversity at Greenwood College this term.

The school and the on-campus Intensive English Centre (IEC), which caters for students who have recently arrived in WA from other linguistic backgrounds, held the World Day event to promote tolerance, understanding, awareness and respect among different cultures.

Special guests included Education Minister Peter Collier, Education Department director-general Sharyn O’Neill, Kingsley MLA Andrea Mitchell and students from the IEC at Eddystone Primary School.

The centre’s humanities and social sciences teacher Thao Nguyen said students spent several months preparing for the assembly, which featured a traditional Aboriginal dance, costume parade, dragon dance, African drumming performance and kung fu demonstration.

“They were excited to be on stage and having the spotlight on them,” she said.

“World Day is beneficial to the school because it celebrates the cultural diversity of the students.

“Many IEC students who complete their education choose to stay on at Greenwood College because of the friends and teachers they know and because of the multicultural and tolerant atmosphere of our school.”