Harmony Day 2018
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity with endorsement from the Federal Government’s Department of Home Affairs.
“Harmony Day values are at the core of the ISWA ethos - bringing people together, celebrating diversity and an international mindedness towards education for a global community,” commented a proud ISWA Principal, Maria Coate. “With over 40 nationalities of students enrolled at ISWA, including Australian, the school offers a true cross-section of international and local students. The vastly different experiences and background of our students and staff classroom discussion, benefitting students significantly”.
The full day event commenced with the colourful and emotive flag parade in the school gymnasium. Students walked tall carrying a total of 55 country flags to 55 musical national anthems from six continents of the world.
The large audience were entertained with student drama and dance performances titled “Around the World” and “Playing for Change” as well as personal recounts of international travel from our Student Executive; and Year 6 student Taisia Lobanova and Year 11 student Aliyah Meyer.
The unveiling of the annual Mural showcased an innovative design set within intricate wood carving. This student created artwork can be found on display in our hallways alongside Harmony Day Mosiac’s of previous years.
Mrs Coate and then City of Stirling Mayor, Mark Irvin, addressed the large assembly, as he welcomed ISWA’s relocation in 2020 to the new local government authority.
As the formalities closed, the large crowds descended upon the School Courtyard for a delicious afternoon of traditional foods served by parent volunteers and members of our Parent Association.
Special guests on the day joining Cr Irvin included the Deputy Leader of Opposition, Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Consulate Generals of Malaysia, India and Japan, the Chung Wah Association and Deputy Executive Director, AISWA, Mr Ron Gorman.
“ISWA is the only school in WA to offer a truly global educational perspective for students”, says Mrs Coate. “Harmony Day is a fantastic accumulation of proud community spirit, warmth and friendship that is the essence of our global school community”.