Harmony week ideas blog

March 2023

Harmony Week (20-26 March) celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. In PDHPE we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional custodians of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

Here are 4 ideas for #harmonyweek at your school:

1. Lesson idea: Eliminating racism
21 March is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Take the opportunity to have a discussion with your classes about what they can do to end racism in their community. Have your students take the pledge at the UNHCR website to stand up to racism.

2. Lesson idea: Focus on media representation and critical literacy skills
Using the archive of media reports on the Racism No Way website or more recent media reports students locate. Use the Student checklist template to critically analyse media portrayal of current and potentially controversial events.

3. Wear orange
Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication, meaningful conversations, freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. As a school, choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

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