The students loved the swirls and design of traditional henna painting.
The students loved the swirls and design of traditional henna painting.

We are one but we are many

THE colour of Japan, the scents of India and the beat of Africa have been part of the global mix at Woolgoolga public school.

The recent biennial Multicultural Day saw more than 30 community members, representing 12 different countries and regions, host a wide variety of events throughout the school.

The Woolgoolga children were all dressed in national costume and were also joined by students from Raleigh public school.

The pupils were mixed into different age groups and travelled in a global circuit around the school.

While some covered their heads and removed their shoes to listen to traditional Sikh Kirtan music, others were learning to count in Spanish, perform a Maori haka or learning indigenous painting techniques.

School principal Graeme Ross said the day celebrated multiculturalism within the school and the community.

“It is just stunning,” he said. “It is about the celebration, the excitement, the joi de vivre and the engagement of the kids.

“It is absolutely a celebration that we are Australian and we also join in, participate and celebrate what the world has to offer.”



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