Harmony Day is an annual tradition that celebrates the unique cultural identities prevalent in our CGGS community. It encourages students to respect and recognise their differences, while rejecting prejudices and racism. It was an honour to organise an event that has always created a welcoming, accepting and safe environment for me – and hopefully did for CGGS this year.
As the Emily-Service Captain and Safe School’s Captain, my passion for service aims to give back to the wonderful CGGS community that has given me many opportunities. Service is the act of giving, and as part of my service initiative I am helping out at Vinnies, Anglicare, Share the Dignity, Amnesty International and St. Benedict’s Church aside from regular school service activities.
For Harmony Day in particular, I was able to give the CGGS community a glimpse of diverse cultures through performances, religious readings, songs, and of course the delicious cultural foods at the lunch time stalls. It was my goal this year to create an inclusive environment that brings the community together for the multicultural population prevalent in CGGS. The Safe School’s Committee and I set up a photo and message wall, that encouraged students to write ‘What Harmony Day means to them’ – which perfectly encapsulated inclusivity and community engagement.
Harmony Day 2021 was a success – even with the wet weather! I received delightful feedback on the celebration and its execution from teachers, parents and students. But I couldn’t have done it without the support of the supervising teachers and the Safe School’s Committee.
Photo at top: Harmony Day decorations in the Quad.