Centenary Heights celebrated Harmony Day with a vibrant display of traditional costumes, dancing, and singing, representing the more than sixty nationalities we have at our school.
Proceedings began with Kyesha from Wilsonton State High School, who beautifully sang the Indigenous National Anthem.
Cross-cultural captains Raign and Fatima then introduced the ‘Parade of Nations’ before welcoming guest speaker Joshua Waters, who works in education assisting teachers and schools with embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum. Joshua shared with the audience his knowledge about traditional Indigenous languages.
Spectators were then treated to an array of entertainment – students from Samoa, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Fiji joined for a Pacific Islands dance; Pai and Prayeg sang a Thai song ‘Love at Sundown’, dedicated to a late King of Thailand; and Pia performed an enchanting Korean ballet. Mariana then led the African dance troupe in a traditional African dance, followed by an amazingly dexterous display by Bella with a diabolo, and Yui, Moe and Kurumi sang a traditional Japanese folk song depicting spring, the season of cherry blossoms.
Bollywood came to Centenary when Ahbi, Naz Gul, Harshul and Kanishq took to the stage in a colourful, energetic and perfectly choreographed dance display. Raign and Gary sang ‘Shu Du’, or in English, Ode to a Tree, a poetic Chinese song which expresses the environmental impact society has on nature.
Our final act was a poem written and performed by Anyang called ‘Back to the Motherland’, a moving tribute to her home country Africa.
Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background and the performances of these young people showed what a truly multicultural society we are.