Color and culture combine for Harmony Day 2022 | Augusta-Margaret River Courier
Pupils from St Thomas More Catholic Primary School came together last week to celebrate Harmony Day 2022.
After a week of activities focused on learning about multiculturalism and ways to accept others’ differences and cultures, the school came together to recognize its cultural richness.
“Here at St Thomas More, we are fortunate to have several diverse multicultural families who have grown out of the successful integration of migrants into the Australian community,” said Principal Russell Wylie.
“We teach students to take pride in our strong and prosperous multicultural society.”
Harmony Day falls on March 21 each year and has been celebrated in Australia since 1999 to honor the country’s cultural diversity.
It also coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Students at St Thomas More were asked to dress either in their heritage national costume or in the color orange, the color that has represented Harmony Week since its inception.
“This is an important day that we celebrate within our school community as it gives us all an opportunity to honor each other’s inclusivity, respect and sense of belonging,” Mr Wylie said.
“The message of respect and belonging goes beyond a week-long celebration, it can be lived by each of us, every day.
“Sharing our cultural heritage is part of celebrating what it means to be Australian.”
Since 1999, over 80,000 Harmony events have been held across Australia at child care centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies.
For more information on Harmony Day go to www.harmony.gov.au