Friday will be an action packed day for the students of The Cathedral School as the Junior School celebrates Harmony Day and the students of the Middle School focuses on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Even though the two celebrations focus on different themes, they both reinforce the same message of inclusiveness, working together as one community and that everyone belongs which is also in line with The Cathedral School’s ethos.
The Harmony Day celebrations will commence in the Junior School at 8.45am with all students taking a tour of displays that parents have put together from five different continents (Africa, Asia, Australasia, America and Europe).
Head of Junior School, Mr Luke Baills said “Our parents have been busy planning the Harmony Day celebrations since last year! They have gathered a range of traditional artefacts for their displays and organised things like live music and dance performances on stage as well as art and craft activities for the children to participate in and everyone’s favourite, taste testing some traditional food.”
“Children and parents are encouraged to come to school dressed in traditional dress or in orange to celebrate the day. All proceeds raised from the day will go towards our “Coolies” heading to Nepal at the end of the year to help at an orphanage” added Mr Baills.
From parents planning activities to students organising events, these celebrations have involved the whole school community.
Dean of Middle School students, Mrs Barbara Lansbury said “This is the third year that our Middle School Student Parliament has been given the responsibility to drive our planning for the National Action Day Against Bullying and Violence, and once again our Year 9 leaders have come up with a range of innovative, thought -provoking and engaging activities for their peers.”
“We have activities such as a “Hardcore Handball” knockout competition where all the students and staff are coming together to battle in the competition. All participants have paid a nomination fee and there are tuckshop vouchers up for grabs as well as an original 3D trophy designed and made by some of our Year 9 Design and Technology students, and any profit will be donated to Headspace, Townsville” continued Mrs Lansbury.
“There’s many other activities such as year level lunches, posters, displays, the list could really go on but the final culmination of Cathedral’s commitment to ‘taking a stand together’ is the production of our very own music video. Alex Woods, a very talented Year 9 student, wrote the lyrics and music for an anti-bullying song called Don’t Give Up. Four of our Year 9 IT students have then filmed and produced a video clip highlighting the message that bullying is not OK and we need to stand by, stand up, stand strong and stand together against bullying” added Mrs Lansbury. Watch the video here -> https://youtu.be/lpi4_SQnIuM.
The Harmony Day and National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence celebrations will take place throughout the day on Friday 20 March.