Star of the Sea students celebrate Harmony Day


Five-year-olds Luis and Sophia Villanueva wearing traditional dress from the Philippines stand in front of other students wearing their traditional dress. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery
Five-year-olds Luis and Sophia Villanueva wearing traditional dress from the Philippines stand in front of other students wearing their traditional dress. Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery

TRADITIONAL dress from more than 40 cultures was on display at Star of the Sea School in Rockingham for Harmony Day.

Organiser Jane King said students made artwork depicting harmony.

“There was a spectacular and colourful display of artwork on the front lawn,” she said.

“Students from Pre-Primary to Year 6, more than 700, had drawn their hands to symbolise unity, peace and harmony. The country that the student or their family had come from was also written on their hand.”

These countries included Vietnam, South Africa, Chile, England, Germany, Spain, India, Scotland, Zambia, Netherland, Singapore, Ireland and many others.

“This display showed we are from many countries but we are all Australian,” Mrs King said.

A special assembly was held in the hall to celebrate Harmony Day.

It was decorated by Year 6 students’ drawings of the Coat of Arms from the country they or their families were from.

The assembly began with the whole school singing the song Wanjoo, which means welcome in Nyungar.

Music, games of Two Up and PowerPoint’s were also shown to celebrate the day.

Mrs King said the central message for Harmony Day was ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.