KINDY FUN: Kindergarten children Angus McArthur, Tom Dewar, Addison Hill, Brigitte Elburg and Airlei Taylor (front) celebrate Harmony Day.
KINDY FUN: Kindergarten children Angus McArthur, Tom Dewar, Addison Hill, Brigitte Elburg and Airlei Taylor (front) celebrate Harmony Day. Kirstin Payne

Kindy kids find Harmony in culture

BAGPIPES, bonnets and boomerangs filled the backpacks of Allora students as they headed to the C&K Community Kindergarten last week.

The kindergarten held a variety of activities to promote cultural diversity to celebrate its first Harmony Day.

"We have created a map of the world which families who came along this morning were able to mark on the map," teacher Fiona Milburn said.

"They also painted a picture of their family together, which ties in with the message that everyone belongs," she said.

Students were asked to dress up and bring in an item from another culture for the show and tell.

"It's important not to make it a tokenistic thing; we have embedded stories and activities from other cultures in the curriculum," Ms Milburn said.

"We also think it's very important to acknowledge the first Australians," she said.

A cooking experience for the children followed later in the day.

Four-year old Addison Hill's secret nacho recipe was the cultural meal of choice.

"My dad cooks it," she said, referring to the recipe she was sharing with the class.

"If Mum makes it she would get in trouble, it's Dad's secret" she said.

When asked about the significance of Harmony Day, Addison replied: "It's a special day you cook and make things.

"We learnt other people are nice and friendly," she said.

"But dinosaurs aren't," Addison's tiny friend Airlei Taylor added.

Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on March 21.



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