This week we celebrated Harmony Day at Preschool.
Children were encouraged to either wear their cultural dress or something orange. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
What is Harmony Week?
Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.
The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs.
It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Schools have always been Harmony Week’s greatest supporters.
To celebrate Harmony Day we discussed what it means to us, created group art projects to represent Harmony Day, sang multicultural songs, read stories about diversity and included this perspective within our everyday learning.
These celebrations create opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.
Everyone belongs at our school, because………
“We do things a lot” Eddie
“We share kindly” Halle
“Because we like having lunch together” Riley
“We all dance together” Jayden
“Because we are all friends” Luca
“We go over to the big school” Esther
“Because we learn” Zaylee
“Because we are all special” Matilda
“I like to share my stories” Meha
“We play outside together” Noah “We all eat fruit together at the same time” Flynn
“We share our toys” Ruhani
“We love to learn” Enzo
“They can make friends” Parisha
“Everyone needs to learn” Amelia
“Because everyone is allowed to play” Zoey
“Mummy drops us there” Finn
“Because everyone likes to draw stuff” Theodore C
“Because everyone wants a hug” Hayden
“Because we love them” Jayda
“Everyone play and we don’t feel sad” Sebastian
“Everyone loves each other” Logan
“To learn and play” Teddy D
“They can be safe” Caleb
We also celebrated Holi Day, an ancient Hindu festival. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love.
The Preschool children engaged in hands on learning experiences as they created a col
ourful wall hanging, a wreath and colour water spray painting and more. They danced to the ‘Holi Day’ version of baby shark and watched a clip of Indian Holi Day celebrations. The children loved discussing what colours they used in their creations and how they spread happiness and love.
“Give cuddles, kisses, plants and trees” Jonty
“My mum kisses and cuddles, I like Elsa cuddles” Alice
“Play together” Addison
“Don’t snatch, play nice” Zoe
“Smiling at Zoe” Ava
When early childhood educators respect the diversity of families and communities, and the aspirations they hold for children, they are able to foster children’s motivation to learn and reinforce their sense of themselves as competent learners (Early Years Learning Framework)