This week was Harmony Week, and across the country Notre Dame staff, students, and friends took time out to highlight the important contributions of everyone in our society.
Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian Multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. It promotes inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians.
Orange is the colour which represents Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.
Pro Vice Chancellor Student Experience Professor Selma Alliex spoke to the theme of this year’s Harmony Week, ‘Everyone Belongs’, calling it especially pertinent as we enter the post-COVID-19 world.
“March 21st is the Day when the country will celebrate its cultural diversity,” Professor Alliex said, “It also coincides with the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. As a Catholic University, welcoming people from different ethnic backgrounds is a norm that is encouraged and celebrated as an inclusive community.
We celebrate this week with pride and the planned activities over the week are deliberately offered to increase participation and provide a milieu of belongingness.
Events on both the Fremantle and Sydney Campus offered plenty of activities for everyone to take part in.
On the Fremantle Campus, Nyoongar Elder Marie Taylor performed a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, musician Taliesha Harris performed live, there was a barbeque and food from High on 55 and Street Fusion Mexican, Henna artists were ‘on hand’ creating intricate designs, and everyone was encouraged to place a pin on the large world map to show the wide variety of places our Notre Dame community hail from.
On the Sydney Campus cupcakes with flags from around the world were handed out and students participated in an ‘Around the World’ activity, where they had to identify as many flags as they could for the opportunity to win a range of merchandise. Music from around the world provided the soundtrack for students who hung out in the courtyard on orange bean bags – keeping with the Harmony Week official theme – and learnt about the meaning of Harmony Week.
Find out more about Harmony Week on the official website and see below for a selection of photos from our events.
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