Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 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.
Year 5/6 students spent the afternoon roleplaying a variety of scenarios focusing on social and emotional learning. During the session the students discussed how it feels to be unsafe and why it is important to develop empathy for people in a difficult situation. The students shared their opinions regarding what is meant by rights and responsibilities when we are talking about bullying. They also brainstormed ways young people being bullied can be supported. The students were reflective learners who shared their thoughts and opinions with respect and honesty. They worked collaboratively on the task, demonstrating tolerance and inclusion.