Cultural Diversity Week Harmony Day - FRIDAY 22nd MARCH

On Friday 22nd of March, the students of Mildura West Primary school will be celebrating Harmony Day as a part of Cultural Diversity Week.

We would like all students to wear an item that is orange i.e. socks/ribbons/t-shirt/shorts/arm bands as this is the colour to symbolise that we all belong. 

If there is any students who wish to dress up in their traditional cultural costumes please contact Belinda or Annie.

Why orange?

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect our cultural diversity Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Facts and figures

•nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was

•we identify with over 300 ancestries

•since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia

•85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia

•apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi

•more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website