Celebrating Diversity

Families celebrate diversity

As one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world celebrating diversity is an integral part of our national identity, nearly half of Australians are born overseas or have one overseas-born parent.

At Springvale Rise Primary School, cultural diversity helps create an inclusive and supportive learning environment.​ The majority of students and their families have origins outside Australia and a language background other than English.

Community partnerships

Springvale Rise Primary School provides opportunities that develop social connections and empower parents and carers to take an active role in their children’s education. Leading the way, Community Hub Leaders Melanie Mumford and Jess Tang work with playgroup facilitators, MEAs, volunteers and local services to provide programs tailored to the strengths and needs of the local community.

‘Services within the community are often very keen to work with schools, recognising that they are a safe place for families. I would recommend that schools and their leadership teams seek out services in the community to support families’ said Melanie.

Celebrating diversity

The school celebrates through the Harmony Day Parade, which is held annually during Cultural Diversity Week. A committee of teachers, Multicultural Education Aides (MEAs) and our Community Hub Leaders organise the event. This year, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents and other family members were invited, encouraged to wear traditional dress and join the parade.

 

Original article appears at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx 
With thanks to the Department of Education and Training.
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