Harmony Day is celebrated on the 21st March. Harmony Day is a special day to celebrate our cultural diversity. This means that we recognise that people in Australia came from many different backgrounds. We came from different countries. We have different religions. We eat different foods. We like different music. But we can all live in harmony because we all love Australia.
When we sing our national anthem each week, we sing: For those who've come across the seas We've boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine To Advance Australia Fair.
At Good News School, we live this anthem through the way that we get along with each other.
In our school we have children who were born in many different countries. Some of us have parents who were born overseas. Some of our grandparents travelled to Australia to start new lives. And some of our families have been in Australia for a really long time.
In Year 3, we collected some data about our cultural heritage. We completed a survey and then the data from the survey was made into graphs. We can use this data to show how we are the same and different. We are excited to be able to learn about the different cultures of our classmates and glad that even though we have some things that are different, we are mostly the same because we are all humans.
In our grade, 34 people have a European background. 5 of us have African heritage. 18 students have one or more ancestors from Asian cultures. 7 of us have ancestors from other regions around the world.
19 students in Year 3 are spoken to in another language at home. 25 people like eating spicy foods such as Mexican jalapeños or Indian curries. 31 students take their shoes off before entering the house, just like they do in Japan. 55 students are proud to be part of a country where we can welcome people from other backgrounds and learn to respect one another, even if we aren't exactly the same.
We are one Australia, even though we come from many different backgrounds. To celebrate this we will sing together.
I am, You are, We are Australian
I came from the dream-time, From the dusty red-soil plains. I am the ancient heart, The keeper of the flame. I stood upon the rocky shores, I watched the tall ships come, For forty thousand years I've been The first Australian. I came upon the prison ship, Bowed down by iron chains, I fought the land, endured the lash, And waited for the rains. I'm a settler, I'm a farmer's wife On a dry and barren run, A convict, then a free man, I became Australian. I'm the daughter of a digger Who sought the mother lode. The girl became a woman On the long and dusty road. I'm a child of the Depression, I saw the good times come, I'm a bushie, I'm a battler, I am Australian. We are one, but we are many, And from all the lands on earth we come. We'll share a dream and sing with one voice, "I am, you are, we are Australian"