Celebrating Harmony Day With Fun Languages In Wollongong
“Harmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.” source Australain Government Department of Social Services
This little blog by our Fun Languages Manager in Wollongong, Nicole Weber, illustrates just how diverse Australia is as well as the fact that every immigration story is unique in its own way.
Nicole’s Harmony Day celebrations were also recently featured in
The Advertiser Times
Harmony Day for Fun Languages in Wollongong – by Nicole Weber (Club Manager – Illawarra Region)
“I run a small Spanish and German breakfast class at Mount Saint Thomas School on Mondays, which falls on Harmony Day this year (21st of March).
The students in the Spanish class have practiced the “Hola Amigo” song which they performed for the Harmony Day school assembly with a little introduction speech by one of the girls, saying how it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what language you speak, we can all be friends.
Our German class will read a picture book about words and love (“Die grosse Woerterfabrik”, the German translation of “Le grande fabrique de mots” by Agnes de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo – very much recommended btw!).
I was asked to speak at assembly about my journey to Australia along with another mum from Asia who will also tell her story, which is sadly much more grim and involves being a refugee.