Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Three important National events have occurred this week, with the Department of Home Affairs Harmony week from 15-21 March, National Close the Gap Day on Thursday 18 March and the Bullying. No Way! National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 19 March 2021.
Each of these ongoing annual initiatives are designed to raise awareness and promote positive action throughout Australian society.
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. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.” (Harmony Week website)
National Close the Gap Day provides the opportunity to send our governments a clear message that Australians value health equality as a fundamental right for all. The aim is to bring people together to share information, and most importantly, to take meaningful action in support of achieving health equality for First Nations Peoples by 2032. (National Close the Gap Day website)
The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence and taking action together to address bullying and reinforce that bullying is never OK! More information can be found at the following link: Bullying. No Way!
The St Michael’s College community aspires through our Vision to create a culture and community that is “inclusive and respectful and where each individual is known, valued and cared for”. This week is a reminder that about the importance of our communities being environments where all of us are able to flourish and where we all work to live in harmony and stand together against injustice and bullying behaviours.
Thank you to those involved in classroom and school activities this week, including the team led by Mrs Carfora who have focused on the promotion of kindness.