Sirius students unite for celebrations

March 22, 2018

Mutahira Ali, 8, Banin Juma, 8, and Khadijah Khan, 7, enjoying Harmony Day at Sirius College.

Feyza Engin and friends perform Turkish dance.

Sirius College Year 3 girls perform a Chinese fan dance.

Raihaan Syed

Sirius College Harmony Day Tahira Quwat opened the show with a Afghanistan dance performance.

Dua Qambari, Ajwa Ali, Aliabbas Zaydi and Mahdi Alnaseri all dressed up.

Sirius College celebrated Harmony Day yesterday with a series of dress-ups, dances and food from across Afghanistan, Turkey, India, Iraq and Australia.

Year 6 student Raihaan Syed opened the show with some history of the day and explained why it was important to celebrate.

‘‘Harmony Day is a national day of cultural respect and acknowledgement to all those who call Australia home,’’ Raihaan said.

Harmony Day began in 1999 and since then has been celebrated across Australia on March 21.

‘‘As we all take pride in both our individuality and cultural diversity, it is important to remember that we all stand collectively shoulder to shoulder as Australians and also as Sirius College community,’’ he said.

Students also completed multicultural activities in the classroom and raised $413 to donate to The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

‘‘The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, and we aimed to encourage our students in a variety of activities focused on cultural respect and diversity, and to foster a sense of belonging for everyone,’’ Sirius College primary co-ordinator Tarbinder Pandher said.

Lunchtime was spent enjoying foods from different cultures with parents and family.

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