Harmony Day celebrations at Northern Bay College

Ardoch was excited to be the recipient of a 2018/2019 grant from the Geelong Community Foundation who has generously supported Harmony Day celebrations at Northern Bay College. The Foundation’s support has enabled a range of Broadening Horizons programs to operate in Geelong, positively impacting on the educational outcomes for children and young people in the region.

Over 30 per cent of the 2000 students at Northern Bay College come from diverse backgrounds. Therefore, Harmony Day has become an important celebration to recognise the cultural diversity of the community in Corio and Norlane. This celebration of diversity gave the students the opportunity to dress in their traditional clothing, present traditional dances and demonstrate other cultural activities at the school assembly.

Also, as part of Harmony Day the students across the five campuses worked together to develop a combined art project – the swirling Hijab artwork. This will be displayed at Northern Bay College to represent the coming together of the 60 cultures and languages represented at the college.

A series of six African drumming events were also funded, including a local musician and drumming teacher David Robertson. The students were treated to performances and opportunities to take part in a fun workshop, where they learnt the basics and performed some beats!

The students had an amazing day, and Barbara Barry, the EAL Coordinator had this to say “Thank you so much for your support of Harmony Day at Northern Bay College. The creation of the art work was enthusiastically received and is progressing well.  The African drumming as both an activity and a performance was energetic and amazing”. 

We would like to thank the Geelong Community Foundation for their support of Ardoch and our Broadening Horizons programs.