The end of March is an important time for Lindisfarne as, each year, we don our orange outfits in celebration of Harmony Week and the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

From 15 to 21 March, Lindisfarne celebrated Australia’s cultural diversity with Harmony Week — an annual event celebrating inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Australia is one of the most successful and vibrant multicultural countries in the world — from the oldest continuous culture of our First Nations people to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.

Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia. And in 2021, we identify with over 300 ancestries with nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians born overseas or have at least one parent who was.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of its people.”

At Lindisfarne, we believe it’s important to celebrate our diversity as an integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. We did so by sharing stories and participating in activities and discussion to raise awareness and gain some perspective into other Australian’s lives.

We culminated the week’s celebrations by splashing the Harmony Week colour, orange, around as much as possible. Orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

 

Saying No! to bullying

We continued the orange theme with an orange-coloured mufti day which served two purposes — firstly, a tribute to Harmony Week; and, secondly, as a way for our school (P-12) to unite and say “Bullying. No Way!” in support of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Bullying is never okay and has no place at Lindisfarne.

Over the past few weeks, we have flipped the conversations from bullying and victimisation to talking about creating a culture of kindness and nurturing meaningful friendships. It was wonderful to see the whole school get behind our Bullying. No Way! initiatives and take a stand together.