HARMONY WEEK

The purpose of Harmony Day is to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. As you know, we don’t do things by half at TCCC. We decided that we had so much to celebrate that we needed a whole week to do it. For our Harmony Week educators planned an experience to share with everyone that draws on their own cultural heritage. When I sat down to write an evaluation of the many wonderful experiences that our educators planned for Harmony Week, I realised that these experiences fell into two broad groups – food and music. This makes sense because so much of our cultural identity is linked to the language we speak and how this is expressed through music, and by the food we eat. Cooking experiences provide children with opportunities to build fine motor skills (EYLF Outcome 3), develop understanding of processes (EYLF Outcome 4), and to learn through their senses (EYLF Outcome 4). Cooking and sharing food is such a good choice of activity for Harmony Week as it fosters a sense of community when we sit down to share a meal (EYLF Outcome 2). Lisa and Elaine did this the British way, by having a tea party. Zea celebrated Anglo-Australian culture by making damper. Mel showed the children how to make fry bread, which is a meal from her Maori heritage. Emmellynn made Dutch pancakes and Anna made pizza, because they are foods that both educators enjoy making with their family – and each family has a unique culture of its own!