Dear members of the Nagle community,
On Friday 26th March, the school community will be celebrating Harmony Day. This assembly will be the culmination of many activities organised by Year 11 under the direction of their Year Co-ordinator Mrs Rezcek. I want to thank Year 11 for the work that they have put into the week and to thank the staff who have been helping the girls prepare the cultural dances.
The theme for this year’s Harmony Week is Everyone Belongs. Almost half of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was. In our community, we have a rich cultural diversity. When we think of the word“harmony”, we often think of music or colours. Harmony Week is about bringing together the many people of our nation, celebrating the differences and treating those around us with respect and dignity so that we can have a living experience of harmony.
It is said that culture is the “lens” through which we view the world, make sense of what we see and how we express ourselves. As well as a variety of artistic expressions in the form of literature, dance, music and films, culture has a variety of social practices in the form of language, religion, family customs and personal values. People who disagree with us on fundamental issues can be difficult to relate to, but they can also be of value to us. Travel broadens our outlook on life; so, accepting personal differences can be an inner sort of travel. When we truly value the worth of other people, we come to value better our own worth.
Pope Francis has said, It is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict that builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.
Hopefully, as we make our way through Harmony Week our minds and hearts will be focussed positively on increasing our understanding and practice of tolerance and acceptance.
Happy Harmony Week!