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Last week was Harmony Week, a time to celebrate multiculturalism and to recognise the diversity in Australia.

Originally celebrated on the 21st of March each year, Harmony Day has been extended this year to a week-long recognition of cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Every year communities and groups around the country come together to celebrate by holding lunches, activities and events.  

Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. Many bestchance Kindergartens and Child Care Centres have spent the week teaching their children about multiculturalism, and the importance of respect and belonging.  

Bass Valley Children’s Centre celebrated by collecting hand prints from all the children in the Barri Mil’s room. They used the hand prints to create flowers representing all people of the world. The artwork symbolised that all are welcome and are respected in the Centre. The children traced their own hands and cut them out with their Educators help. They then chose their own ways of decorating their part of the flower wall.  

In the Barra room, the children explored their identities through creating life size drawings and decorating them. While in the Bamu room they explored painting and crafts. All the Kindergarten children enjoyed orange playdough, and stories exploring belonging, indigenous culture and peace. 

The colour orange was chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Bass Valley Children Centre expressed themselves through their artwork and had a wonderful time celebrating Harmony Week and learning about cultural diversity. 

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