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Australia, it's a sunburnt country with an ancient past and a colourful multicultural present, full of different stories and traditions. Harmony Day is a special day held every year and its purpose is to celebrate diversity in Australia.
It celebrates our country’s cultural diversity and is a day of respect and appreciation for everyone who calls Australia home. Harmony, by definition, means working together and existing without conflict, treating each other as equals and creating communities where everybody belongs.
Harmony Day is held across Australian communities to celebrate the unique cultures that make our country what it is. It's a day to celebrate each other's traditions and share stories while rejecting hatred, prejudice and racism. It encourages all of us to work together to create a future that is welcoming, accepting and safe, regardless of where you’re from, what language you speak, who you worship or what you look like.
Today’s assembly formally celebrated harmony day via the flags that the representative of the cultures and countries of the staff and students presented today. These flags not only represent the individuals carrying them, but they also represent the diverse and inclusive College community here at St Brendan’s.
Today as we reflect, we Pray.
Dear Lord, you created all people in your image.
We thank you for the variety of races and cultures within our St Brendan's community.
Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of friendship and show us your presence in those who differ most from us.
Grant that we may always promote the justice and acceptance that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.
Grant that we may show equal respect to all persons of different cultures that we may come across.
And help us to remember and appreciate that we are one community, with many stories.