All students from Kindergarten to their final year of secondary schooling in Western Australia have a right to an education that is equitable and embraces diversity. This right is enshrined in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. It is also a feature of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians which is central to the Australian Curriculum. The Authority is committed to working in ways that promote the interests and rights of students in schools and home education contexts.
This education must be inclusive of students’ individual strengths and needs. Differences in terms of characteristics such as ethnicity, language (linguistic background), culture, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or geographic location should not be allowed to detract from a student’s access to the high-quality education that is their right. The materials the Authority produces and the policies and procedures it follows seek to promote inclusivity.
Harmony Day 2015
On Friday 20 March, Dampier Primary School’s celebration of diversity culminated in whole school Harmony Day activities. With diversve cultural background from throughout Europe, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands, South and North America, Asia, the Pacific and South Africa, students had much to celebrate and all learnt more about the value of cultural diversity in the community.
In preparation, classes explored family origins and were excited by any newfound knowledge. Room 14 and Kindy started formal celebrations on the Thursday with ‘whoever you are’ and diversity based craft activities.
Room 13 and K/PP class joined together to learn about Aboriginal culture. They made a giant rainbow serpent and observed Aboriginal art. They created Aboriginal dot paintings and explored interactive learning about Arnhem Land.
On the Friday afternoon, the whole school participated in rotational cultural activities that celebrated teamwork, getting along and diversity: all sentiments that echo our position as a KidsMatter school. These activities includes Karaoke singing, playing African Mancala boardgames, making friendship bracelets, Imovies and chopstick relays.