International School students celebrate their favourite event of the year
Students, families and VIPs celebrated Harmony Day in style at International School of Western Australia last week.
Always a favourite event in the ISWA calendar, the school celebrates their special mix of cultures with a day of festivities, including a flag parade, cultural performances, guest speakers and the ever-popular food festival.
Russian student Sophia Zhuchenko, who helped entertain the crowds by performing Russian songs with her guitar playing brother Fedor, enjoyed the opportunity to share a Russian ‘Olivie’ Salad with her international school friends.
This year’s guest speaker was Gisele Ishimwe, a survivor of the Rwandan conflict of the 1990’s, who shared her fascinating, emotional and uplifting story of escaping that war and moving to Australia as a refugee. Gisele also performed a traditional Rwandan dance with her sisters.
ISWA Principal Maria Coate commented ‘Harmony Day at ISWA demonstrates in actions, not just words that 'everyone belongs' in our multi-cultural, inclusive school community. The weather was beautiful, the speeches were authentic and inspirational, and the food from around the world was simply glorious!’