Peats Ridge Primary School Peats Ridge, NSW
Tell us a little about how you celebrated Harmony Day
Peats Ridge PS is a small school of only 41 students but we loved celebrating our diverse backgrounds on Harmony Day – Maltese, Greek, Italian, Aboriginal, Scottish and Iranian. We decorated our front office and classrooms with balloons, posters and international flag bunting and our teachers handed out stickers, bookmarks, magnets and ribbons for everyone to wear. Students wore orange mufti or national dress and listened to three guest speakers: Valentine from Belgium, Yamasaki-sensei from Japan and Nanna Carmen from Malta. We learned greetings and numbers in different languages, studied flags and coins and dressed up in Japanese kimonos. Everyone researched their family history for homework and delivered a presentation to the class. The highlight was our International Buffet, a pot-luck lunch of delicious dishes made by each family with many of our community members joining in. The next day, the whole school travelled to the Capitol Theatre in Sydney to see the wonderful Broadway hit, Aladdin, a Middle Eastern folktale from The Arabian Nights. Winners of the colouring-in competition, best costumes, dishes and speeches all received special prizes at our Friday assembly everyone’s colouring-in entries were laminated into a take home place mat. We certainly celebrated our cultural diversity and are proud that Peats Ridge is such a great place to live!
What was most memorable about your Harmony Day celebration?
The Kindies presenting their speeches and singing the second verse of our anthem at Friday assembly- with meaning!