Mercy College celebrates cultural diversity

Mercy College Year 12 students Htoo Eh Shee Paw, Heben Michaele and Nadia Nesevski.
Mercy College Year 12 students Htoo Eh Shee Paw, Heben Michaele and Nadia Nesevski.

MERCY College in Koondoola celebrated cultural diversity at its Harmony Day celebrations this term.

Students dressed in the national costume typical of their first culture, representing the 55 nationalities which make up the fabric of the school.

Aranmore Catholic College student Christine Nant (second left) with Mercy College students Pauline San, Marina Ni and Naw (Nepwe) Soe.

“We come from many national backgrounds which we proudly acknowledge as bringing a richness to our identity as being Australian and in particular being members of the Mercy College community,” innovations and communications manager Stewart Crainie said.

“We were celebrating the core message of ‘Everyone belongs’ where we focused on the values of mutual respect, fairness and a sense of belonging for everyone.

“Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness and respect; values that Jesus focused on 2000 years ago.”

Mr Crainie said highlights of the March 21 event included welcomes in different languages and performances by the Seven Star Lion Dancing and Kung Fu Troupe.

7 Star Lion Dancing and Kung Fu Troupe.

There was also face painting, bouncy castles, food vans, fairy floss and multicultural games.

“It was a wonderful celebration and expression of our unity in diversity,” Mr Crainie said.