Cosgrove High School celebrates diversity with local council

COSGROVE High School and Glenorchy City Council (GCC) joined forces last month to acknowledge and celebrate Harmony Day.

Almost 100 staff and students from the school marched to meet GCC staff members on the front lawns of the council.

Cosgrove High School acting principal Emma Aorangi said it was fantastic to see students celebrating the diversity of the school and community.

“Cosgrove always celebrates Harmony Week in a big way and this year was no different,” she said.

“Thank you to GCC for supporting us.”

Guest speaker John Kamara arrived in Australia 13-years-ago from Sierra Leone and spoke about his experience.

“I came to Australia with my sisters and did some study and looked at settling here,” he said.

“I am now settled here with my wife and three children.

“Harmony Day is about letting everyone know they belong, no matter what their situation is or where they have come from.

“We are one community and we are all the same.

“This is a day of celebrating together and learning about new cultures.”

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said it was a delight to see the students dressed in orange to represent Harmony Day.

“It was a chance for the students to come out into the community and showcase their cultural diversity,” she said.

“I was very proud to see how many of our Council staff members were interacting in activities with the students.

“We were not only watching people from various cultural backgrounds mixing together, but very different ages as well.”

Glenorchy City Council is a member of the international Welcoming Cities Network.

The network is part of an international movement of more than 120 cities in Australia, USA, Germany, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston with guest speaker John Kamara.