Embracing diversity and unity

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14 July 2023

The culturally diverse community at Kolbe Catholic College, Greenvale Lakes, celebrated everything that unites them during their Cultural Awareness Week.

Throughout the week, the college organised a series of engaging and immersive activities to foster cultural appreciation, encourage dialogue and promote inclusivity. Activities included Indian dancing, multicultural mask-making, Arabic dancing and drumming, Pasifika weaving, and mindfulness drawing and meditation.

students performing a cultural dance

‘We need to be aware of cultural differences to be able to celebrate them’, said Principal Nick Scully. ‘This is a great opportunity for students to emphasise their culture and cultural differences within the community.’

Food trucks also tempted the tastebuds with opportunities to sample a delectable range of dishes including Dutch pancakes, gelati, banh mi, tacos, kebabs and pizzas to foster a spirit of culinary exploration and appreciation for global cuisine.

students engaged in activity for cultural awareness week

The week-long event was part of the college’s commitment to promoting multicultural understanding and celebrating the diverse backgrounds of its students. The college boasts a diverse student body representing 28 different countries with almost 70 per cent of students having at least one parent born outside Australia.

a musical performance for cultural awareness week