Region celebrates cultural harmony

Alicia Perera and Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
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The Pilbara’s multiculturalism was celebrated by different local groups on World Harmony Day last Tuesday.

Dampier Primary School has a strong tradition of acknowledging the international day of diversity and this year marked it with a free dress day where students were encouraged to wear the Harmony Day colour of orange.

Within buddy groups, they spent the day rotating through activities including reading books from different ethnic backgrounds and making handprint friendship trees in art.

Dampier Primary teacher Crystal Dickson said her young students were always excited for Harmony Day.

“Harmony Day allows the students an opportunity to see each other as different but also see where their similarities are,” she said.

“It’s also a chance for them to talk about the key words like respect and acceptance and what that means to them.”

Student Jordan Dremel, 10, said he liked how Harmony Day encouraged people to appreciate different cultures as well as the freedoms they had living in Australia. “What it means is that we’re all together, we’re all working in a team as one,” he said.

Karratha Senior High School students celebrated with class quizzes, music in the quadrangle at recess and lunchtime, and making coloured hands for display in common areas.

Tambrey Early Learning Centre held an afternoon tea featuring dishes from countries across the globe, made by centre staff and children.

In Tom Price, the P.E.A.R.L.S seniors group also held a Harmony Day event at Nintirri Centre on Saturday morning.

Stores selling food from different cultures and family activities were all on offer. Nintirri Centre neighbourhood centre co-ordinator Peggy Miller said Harmony Day was a good occasion for bringing different parts of the community together.

“It’s an event to get everybody out, and to focus on our centre as well and let them know what we have available for everybody,” she said.

Budding artists from City of Karratha schools took their paintbrushes to Water Corporation’s pipe near Karratha Visitor Centre last week , creating water-themed Aboriginal art to celebrate Harmony Day and World Water Day.

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