This week, we’re celebrating Australia’s rich cultural diversity with Harmony Week (15–21 March, 2021). Harmony Week is an opportunity for schools to celebrate their diversity and foster a culture of inclusion, respect and belonging for everyone.
Alexander School joined the Harmony Week celebrations by featuring in a video clip, that was released with the support of the Northern Beaches Council. As a bilingual school, it was identified as one of the unique cultural communities and spaces located in the region.
We thank the Council for this wonderful opportunity and to help embrace multiculturalism in Australia, with the successful integration of migrants into our community.
Harmony Week is about every week of the year… it is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country – from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.
As a nation we should be proud of our strong and successful multicultural society. Sharing our cultural heritage is part of celebrating what it means to be Australian. Our shared Australian values of respect, equality and freedom go beyond our different cultures, and are what makes Australia such a great place to live. The message of respect and belonging goes beyond the week long celebration. It can be lived by each of us, every day.
Facts and figures:
Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
We identify with over 300 ancestries
Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia