Students celebrate Harmony Week at St Brendan’s Primary in Shepparton

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Students and staff at St Brendan’s Primary School in Shepparton started Harmony Day celebrations last week with cultural art, craft, music, dance and sporting activities.

Deputy principal Sally Mills said Harmony Day provided an opportunity to celebrate the school’s cultural diversity.

‘‘We’re a multicultural school with a diverse community of students and families from many different countries,’’ Mrs Mills said.

The school assembly had the Catholic Identity senior students presenting a welcome to country, followed by an Aboriginal performance.

Traditional Aboriginal Games members hosted activities during the day to cover indigenous games, sport, dance, art and Yorta Yorta language workshops.

‘‘This gave our indigenous and non-indigenous students from Years 3 to 6 a strong sense of pride in the Aboriginal culture,’’ Mrs Mills said.

Junior students participated in a variety of workshops involving dance, music and movement presented by Shepparton hip-hop dancer Amy Newton and Melbourne Bollywood dancer Anjelica Simatos.

‘‘It was a wonderful day of celebrations with all students participating in an engaging program of art, craft, music, dance and sporting activities,’’ Mrs Mills said.

The highlight for senior students Ngtaeo Tass, Jar-keyshia Atkinson, Roydan Weston and Miah Saunders was celebrating and sharing their Aboriginal culture with the school.

‘‘I really like playing the traditional games and showing my friends the different games and sport that we play in our Aboriginal culture. We have many Aboriginal families here at our school and there are lots of Aboriginal symbols and paintings which remind us of our heritage and Dreamtime stories,’’ Year 6 student Roydan said.