Learning in harmony

Italian teacher Melissa Legudi and students celebrate Harmony Day. (supplied)

Diggers Rest Primary School was a colourful spectacle on Friday March 22 as students paraded through the grounds wearing traditional attire from around the world.

The occasion was Harmony Day, an annual event celebrated across Australia, promoting inclusivity, respect and a sense of belonging for all cultural backgrounds.

Melissa Legudi, the Italian teacher at Diggers Rest Primary School, said she was honoured to be hosting this event again this year.

“It is such an important day in our school calendar. All staff, students and our families really support the day and it gives us all the opportunity to celebrate our cultures proudly,” Ms Legudi said.

The school’s basketball court was transformed into a vibrant showcase of diversity, with students proudly displaying their heritage through their traditional dress.

Principal Sheridan Thomas expressed her delight at the enthusiasm shown by both students and staff.

“It’s wonderful to see our school come together to celebrate the beauty of cultural diversity. Events like these not only foster a sense of belonging but also promote understanding and respect for different traditions,” she remarked.

Students also participated in various cultural activities, immersing themselves in the customs and traditions of different cultures from traditional dances to creating artwork inspired by global motifs.

One of the highlights of the day was the celebration lunch, where students and staff came together to share a meal and exchange stories.

“We are proud to host such a wonderful celebration of diversity here at Diggers Rest Primary School,” said Ms Legudi.

“Events like Harmony Day remind us of the strength that comes from embracing our differences and standing together in unity.”