Harmony Week is Coming!

Next week our school will be full of Harmony Week activities. A letter has been sent to families, but here are the highlights to look forward to:

Lunchtime activities: Cookery classes including shortbread biscuits, paella and crepes, a Bollywood dance class and Cultural Beatz DJing.

Cultural clothing day: On Thursday, 24 March all students are invited to bring a gold coin to support our Harmony Week charities and to dress in orange or something that links to their culture.

Cultural performances: Junior School students have been filmed performing dances and songs that will be played to Junior School classes. We will have live performances at the Prep to Year 2 Parade and the Senior School Assembly.

Cultural food: Students in Prep to Year 2 are welcome to bring a cultural food item—not to be shared—on Thursday, 24 March. All other year levels can purchase a meal from another culture during the week.

It is going to be a wonderful week! Please contact me at m.riviere-pendle@caseygrammar.vic.edu.au if you have any questions.

Our Harmony Week Charities

This year, the Social Justice Group has decided to split the funds that are raised between two charities. Below, we tell you a bit more about what they do.

We ask students to bring a gold coin donation but, of course, if you would like your child to donate more to support the excellent work of these organisations, please feel free!

Tear Australia First Nations Partnerships

Tear Australia work with charities to support the work and leadership of First Nations people. Their partners assist First Nations people to gain their driving license, break the cycle of family violence and abuse through ‘Strong Women Talking’, support a culturally relevant training certificate to address healing from loss and trauma and invests in health initiatives. There is a lot of wonderful work being done by these organisations to make a more inclusive and accessible Australia.

For more information click here.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Last year we began to support the work of an excellent local charity in Dandenong, the ASRC. They provide food, material aid, healthcare, education, legal support and employment support and advocate for the rights of people fleeing their homeland and seeking to create a safer life in Australia.

For more information click here.

In the next newsletter, we look forward to sharing the photos from our Harmony Week celebrations.

Every blessing to you and your families in the week ahead.

Monique Riviere-Pendle