Celebrating Harmony Day

On Monday, 21 March we celebrated Harmony Day at CGGS. This day is a special celebration of our cultural identities and belonging, providing a reminder to us all of the value in recognising and appreciating the diversity we have in our school community. It is also a reminder of the importance of respect for all cultures, religions and races, not just on Harmony Day, but every day. Respect and understanding are crucial in the elimination of discrimination.

Every one of us is different and it is this uniqueness which makes the world such an interesting place. Through understanding and accepting, and by taking the time to learn about each other, we minimise the fear of other ways of being. Living together in harmony is the foundation of Harmony Day – and we hope to model this intent each day at our school.

Around 45% of Australia’s population has either migrated or had a parent migrate to this country. I am one of these people, and a significantly large number of those attending or working at CGGS are counted in this number, too. Our students at CGGS speak over 40 languages at home, reflecting the diversity of our community. Without doubt, those choosing to reside in Australia have helped shape the country we enjoy today. Through hard work and commitment, immigrants have helped make Australia one of the most prosperous and socially cohesive nations on earth.

I have been speaking to a number of students and parents this week, and it was very heartening to hear that our students have been so welcoming of our new students. Over this term we have welcomed a number of new families into the Senior School, and for these students, making friends initially can be challenging. I extend a warm welcome to these families, and hope they can become an active part of the CGGS community.

Joining in with and attending school events is one way to meet new people. To this end I also want to mention the Mother’s Day Classic, the Australia-wide fun run (or in my case, walk!) which raises funds for breast cancer research. This event will take place on 8 May and I encourage you to come and join us on the day. Members of the CGGS community and students may register as a part of our team here. Students who wish to volunteer and assist on the day can sign up here. Please encourage your family to be a part of this wonderful event.

As this is the last eNews for the term, I wish each and every one of you a happy and peaceful Easter, and look forward to the range of exciting events we have planned for Term 2.

Ms Joanna Leaman

Acting Deputy Principal (Head of Senior School)