Students celebrate cultural diversity

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

Harmony Day was celebrated across Hedland last week, with students immersing themselves in different cultural activities to mark the national day of diversity.

Individual classes at Port Hedland Primary School Students took part in their own activities, which included creating African masks, Asian cuisine and Indian rangolis — a traditional artform — before heading to the undercover area to participate in a school performance.

PHPS student Cassius Robinson, 7, said it had been “very interesting” learning about the different types of cultures in the world and creating rangolis in his class.

Port Hedland Primary School student Cassius Robinson, 7.
Camera IconPort Hedland Primary School student Cassius Robinson, 7.

“I was born in New South Wales, Australia, and I started coming to Port Hedland for holidays — now I live here,” he said.

“On Harmony Day, I learnt that in India they do a lot of dancing and they use rangolis ... they do drawings in the shape of flowers for good luck.

“I’ve learnt about two cultures (previously) — Macedonian and New Zealander.”

Port Hedland Primary School students Sammy Cincotta, 4, and Kaitlyn Battelley, 4, showing off their African face masks.
Camera IconPort Hedland Primary School students Sammy Cincotta, 4, and Kaitlyn Battelley, 4, showing off their African face masks. Credit: Sophia Constantine.

Baler Primary School kept up its strong tradition of acknowledging Harmony Day, marking the day with a special assembly and transforming the undercover area into a sea of colour.

The eldest student from each family at Baler Primary School placed their family name under their cultural flag, with 37 countries represented across the 440 families at the school.

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