Gatton grows in harmony

ON March 23, Gatton State School celebrated Harmony Day with a Poster Competition, a ‘Gallery of Harmony', a special parade and other activities.

The School Chaplain, Ms Olivia and Year 7 teacher, Mrs Zimmerman, initiated the planning for Harmony Day and students in the upper grades took up opportunities to share about their culture and form a planning team.

The special parade featured three short performances by some Torres Straight Islander dancers, student speeches sharing their culture and heritages and awarding certificates for the Poster Competition.

Ms Olivia shared her insights into the importance of the 2011 Harmony Day catch phrase which was ‘Everyone Belongs'.

“Gatton State School has many students from different cultures and we love that about our school,” she said.

“As this school's ‘Chappy', peace and harmony are important to me.

“I am very committed to ensuring everyone feels accepted and cared for at this school, and I see Harmony Day is a way to encourage this.”

She said Harmony Day is about celebrating and remembering that everyone belongs.

“It's a time we can celebrate our different cultures, backgrounds and the friendships we share.”

Gatton State School looks forward to next year's Harmony Day and in the meantime endeavours to keep remembering that “everyone belongs”.


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