2017 Harmony Day

Harmony Day is a celebration of cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Harmony Day is held annually where the message of the day is ‘everyone belongs’. The Day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone. The colour orange is used to symbolise Harmony Day, signifying social communication and meaningful conversations. Orange additionally represents freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. The QAHS Harmony Day was initiated by students for students through the Breakfast of Champions Community Forum.

We acknowledge our global citizens of Queensland Academies Health Sciences and understand we have a richly multi-cultural, diverse school population, consisting of students from various parts of the world. Harmony Day at QAHS was about celebrating this diversity and allowed students to wear their traditional attire of countries such as, Korea, Japan, India, Fiji and Germany. Students and staff had the chance to experience various aspects of culture, kindness and to feel a sense of belonging in the QAHS community.

The Day consisted of a great lunch and afternoon of togetherness through dragon dancing, Bollywood dancing, inter-house mini-Olympics, drumming, basketball and plenty of music! Orange ribbons given to students and teachers signified unity and belonging.

At lunchtime we had a pop performance by Multi Cultural Communities Council Gold Coast, Hula Dance Performers. The beautiful Hawaiian dancers even gave the staff and students a hula dance lesson! The photo booth allowed pictures to be taken of friends with lasting memories.

The Harmony Soiree helped to finish this wonderful day with a cultural community feel. The Yugambeh Choir opened the musical extravaganza, with many beautiful musical and dance performances.

Harmony Day was a great celebration of belonging and culture and we cannot wait till next year’s event!

Hailey Naidoo
Year 10 Student