Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country. From the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians, to the cultures of our newest arrivals from all around the world. The message of Harmony Week is Everyone Belongs! It is a day to celebrate our country’s diversity and a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.
OSPS welcomes families from over 40 different backgrounds. In recognition of all the different cultures that make our school community so wonderful, all students are invited to either dress in orange or wear their culture’s traditional outfit on Tuesday 22nd March.
Why is orange associated with Harmony Week? Orange is the colour chosen because traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. By dressing in traditional costume you can show pride for your culture, or by wearing something orange, you can show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.
This will be a ‘free’ casual dress day, with no gold coin donation required. The aim of our Harmony Day is to recognise and enjoy what makes us all different. It is all about inclusiveness and a sense of belonging for all.