South Perth PS students celebrate Harmony Day

Students Milana Mohess, Lucas Liu, Maya States, Orsen El Sayed and Phoebe Scott celebrate Harmony Day. Picture: David Baylis
Students Milana Mohess, Lucas Liu, Maya States, Orsen El Sayed and Phoebe Scott celebrate Harmony Day. Picture: David Baylis

HEARTS and hands came together as students celebrated Harmony Day at South Perth Primary School on Friday.

Students took part in a parade of national clothing and enjoyed an afternoon tea of dishes from around the world.

The students decorated paper hearts and hands representing their cultural backgrounds to display around the school.

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Deputy Principal Tessa Jackson said a quarter of the school’s students speak a language other than English at home.

“We have about 30 languages spoken at the school,” she said.

“We celebrate every year because we are fortunate enough to experience the richness in diversity in our school.”

Ms Jackson said Harmony Day activities reinforced the  school values of respect and cooperation.

“In the face of what’s in the world today, children have to learn from a very young age about equity and inclusiveness,” she said.

“Students are exposed now to a wide range of stories or information in the media; we want them to experience the positive nature of diversity.”