Celebrating Harmony Day and Multiculturalism at Holy Trinity

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Watch this video link on Multiculturalism- a rich blend of cultures combined to make Australia’s Identity.

Harmony Day is a special day where all of Australia celebrates its cultural diversity. Australia is a multicultural continent and this is what makes our home very unique in so many ways. Each year on March 21st, we stand tall and say NO to RACISM. Everyone in Australia belongs no matter of race, religion, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear or the languages we speak, everyone has a special place in Australia. The official colour for Harmony Day is orange.


What does Harmony Day mean to you? How can you create Harmony in our school, home and in the world? Do you think that Harmony Day is worth celebrating in Australia?

Facts for students


Click on the above link to find out more interesting facts about Harmony Day- Read and Explore


Learn more about Australia and other countries around the world


The famous Italian dance, Gioca Jouer, is danced in many countries around the World. What is the special message in this video link?


Why do we celebrate Harmony Day in Australia? What is the meaning behind such a celebration? Do you think it is worth celebrating and Why?
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Holy Trinity celebrated Harmony day on Friday, 21st of March this year. The day was filled with enthusiasm, the vibrant colour orange and many interactive and multicultural incursions and activities. What did you think about Harmony day at HT? Is the day worth celebrating to promote multiculturalism in Australia?


What is the true meaning of Harmony Day? What message is portrayed in this short clip?


Listen to the lyrics of the song, “I still call Australia Home”. The song was written and sung by a music composer, Peter Allen.


The song, “I am, you are, we are Australians” was written and composed in 1987 by a musician named Bruce Woodley. What do you think is the true meaning of this song? What is the composer trying to tell us?


We all have the heart to change the world and make a difference.


I’d like to teach the World to Sing- Music and Lyrics


I’d like to teach the World to Sing with Images


Matt travels the world to embrace different cultures. Can you find him? Where is Matt?


Children over the world embrace the art of dance. Are you happy today?


Watch this adorable 3 year old dance and capture the audience’s attention. Why does Junaho enjoy dancing? What is his true message?

Dances From Around The World


DID YOU KNOW THE HOKEY POKEY ORIGINATED IN LONDON?

In 1942, Irish songwriter and publisher Jimmy Kennedy, best known for “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” created a dance, and an instructional song to go with it, called “The Hokey Cokey.” Written to entertain Canadian troops stationed in London, the song was similar to the “Hokey Pokey” we all know today. Composer Al Tabor was also entertaining Canadian troops in wartime London, and in 1942 he wrote a participation dance song called “The Hokey Pokey.” He claims the name came from the London ice cream vendors of his youth, called “Hokey Pokey Men.” The accompanying dance was very similar to Kennedy’s

Greek dance, The Zorba. Watch what happens when one person decides to dance the Zorba!

“Zorbas” (or more commonly, “Zorba’s Dance”) is a song by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.It is based on two traditional Cretan songs, “Armenohorianos Syrtos” and “Kritiko syrtaki”, composed by Giorgis Koutsourelis. The song featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, for which Theodorakis wrote the soundtrack and as a result became popular around the world. It is now commonly played and danced.The track has been recorded by many different musicians from around the world.

Gangnam Style- Can you follow these awesome moves???

Gangnam style song was released on July 15, 2012 by the lead singer Psy 6. The song was given its title due to ‘Gangnam’is an area in South Korea, specifically a small area in Seoul which is known for its wealthy culture and lifestyle. On December 21, 2012, Gangnam style became the first Youtube video to reach one billion views. The song’s music video has been viewed over 2.2 billion times on Youtube.

By the end of 2012, the song had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The success of Gangnam style is an example of how people around the world are being swept up and captured by Korean wave of culture.

LA TARANTELLA ITALIANA

In Italian culture, the word “tarantella” evokes images of a frenzied spinning dance traditionally played at weddings. However, this popular native dance of Southern Italy has a history and myth spanning several centuries.The dance, originally an Italian folk dance of the lower- and middle-classes, has been labeled as a dance to cure sickness and as a dance of courtship.The dance is one of unity and separation, which sees dancers flying into each other’s arms only to bound away again. It is considered unlucky to dance the Tarantella alone so it is often danced by couples or by two women.

LA MACARENA DANCE

The “Macarena” instantly became one of the most famous dance songs in the world when the single was first released on August 15, 1995 by Los del Rio. Los del Río (meaning “Those from the River”) is a Spanish music duo composed of musicians Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz. As a duo, Romero and Ruiz were a consistent act since the early 1960’s but, in the summer of 1996, they enjoyed the success of their multi-platinum smash summer hit, Macarena, which sold over four million copies in the United States and spent a record 14 weeks at #1. The “Macarena” became the longest running #1 and best selling debut single of all time in American music history. It was ranked the “#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time” by VH1 in 2002. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100 and ranks at #1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs.

IL BALLO DI QUA QUA- CHICKEN DANCE

The “Chicken Dance,” also known as the Birdie Song, is an oom-pah song and its associated fad dance is now a contemporary dance throughout the Western world. The song was composed by accordion (Handharmonika) player Werner Thomas from Davos, Switzerland, in the 1950s.

NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS DANCE

The Nutbush is a dance categorized as a line dance, performed to Tina Turner’s song “Nutbush City Limits” and has gained massive popularity in Australia. In the 1950s, the dance was known as “The Madison”.Inspired by Tina Turner’s song, a variation of the dance emerged again as “The Nutbush” in the 1970s disco era. A comparison of the step sheets, however, does not support the conclusion the dances are the same. The song of the same name by Tina Turner is generally recognised as being ‘the song’ to which the dance is performed. The dance is generally performed by a group of people both male and female at a social function where dancing is not appropriate. Also, the dance is performed with the dancers roughly in a box configuration, like that of a chess board. The steps are fairly simple, such that one who does not know them can generally pick them up by watching other dancers. A key in the song and dance being a popular combination is that the song has a moderately long introduction before the strong dance beat starts, which allows people who are sitting down to get up and to the dance floor and for all dancers to assemble themselves in a grid.

THE BUS STOP DANCE

A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Unlike in circle dancing, line dancers are not in physical contact with each other

An Interactive Multicultural Quiz- Caters for Years 3-6

17 thoughts on “Celebrating Harmony Day and Multiculturalism at Holy Trinity

  1. Wow Signora! This is a great page. Everyone should come to together and create harmony.
    It is amazing how we have many many people from other countries here in Australia. Next Harmony Day, our school should create a Harmony Day banner and put it somewhere around the school. The song “I am, you are, we are Australians” really represents us. We are a country that welcomes everybody!

  2. Candice, thank you for your harmonious and meaningful comments about Multiculturalism and your great suggestion about creating a banner to represent Harmony Day, a great idea to consider next year in 2015.

  3. I think harmony day is about cultural diversity and about respecting each other no matter what your culture, race, or religion is,we are all Australian citizens, and we should all treat each other respectfully as equals.

  4. I loved celebrating Harmony day at Holy Trinity as we got to dress up in Orange and orange is my third favourite colour .
    Ciao Ella.

  5. Grazie Signora for this fantastic Italian blog, It shows that you have put a lot of hard work in to it and so it looks amazing.
    Ciao Alessandro

  6. Hi Signora, it is Chloe in 3SW. Well done Signora! You have done a very good job with this Italian blog. I really like it. I have learnt that Harmony day is about each other and respecting each other for who we are and not judging people on what they look like. I watched two videos. They videos were very interesting and I enjoyed them!

  7. Signora, this is such an AMAZING blog page!! How lucky are the students to have a wonderful and dedicated Italian/Grade 4 teacher. I am very excited about celebrating Harmony Day tomorrow and you have made a difference in so many lives by creating this blog. Brava!!!

  8. Buon Giorno Signora,
    After seeing “Where’s Matt?” today, I was inspired to look at the rest of your Blog. You have put in an amazing amount of work. It looks like a lot of fun for the kids. I love all the dances.

    Grazie Signora!

  9. I liked the Chinese Lion dancers. My brother and I had been trying to stand on each other like they did but we failed most of the time. We did it sometimes, it didn’t hurt falling off because we practised it at the play ground next to our house, it had fresh mulch. Thanks Signora for the awesome incursion!!

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