HARMONY WEEK 2023 - St Patrick's East Gosford



What is Harmony Week?

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

The message of Harmony Week is: everyone belongs.

It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

As a school with a large multicultural community, Harmony Week is a very important celebration for St Patrick’s.

Did you know?

  •  Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.
  • We identify with over 300 ancestries.
  • Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia.
  • 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia.
  • Apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi.
  • More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

*These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data.

How are we celebrating Harmony Week?

We will be holding a number of events throughout the week in celebration of Harmony Week.

  • Teachers will discuss the theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’ with students
  • The students will be engaging in cultural song and dance
  • Students are invited to dress in orange mufti on Friday 24 March
  • We will be posting daily Facebook Harmony Week update posts

For more information and resources on Harmony Week, please visit: Harmony week – Everyone belongs