We would like to wish you all a very happy Harmony Day! To celebrate Harmony Day, we have a display of books on Level C (near the entry stairs).
For those new to Australia, Harmony Day is celebrated annually on 21 March. It is a day for all Australians to celebrate our rich cultural diversity. It is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Harmony Day’s 2012 theme is Sport- play, engage, inspire. This theme, aptly created in view of the 2012 London Olympics, recognises the significance and positive influence that sport has in our multicultural nation. Whether as a participant, volunteer, spectator or administrator, involvement in sport unites people of all ages and engenders a sense of belonging, acceptance and an understanding of other cultures.
Harmony Day has a continuing message- Everyone Belongs – which conveys that all Australians are welcome to our country, despite their background. It is a time to reflect upon Australia’s history and journey, recognising the traditional owners of this land. Harmony Day is also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect.
So let’s celebrate today the many various cultures which contribute to our sporting talent and make Australia such a wonderful place to live in. UC festivities will be opened by the Dean of Students at 11am, where there will be National performances, games and national dishes on offer provided by the UC Clubs and Societies.
We then encourage you to take a look at the Library’s attractive Book Display on Level C, near the entry stairs. The display showcases a variety of thoughtfully selected titles, relating to the Sport- play, engage, inspire theme. Interesting titles of note include Paradise of sport : a history of Australian sport / Richard Cashman and the Ten moments that shook the sports world : one sportswriter’s eyewitness accounts of the most incredible sporting events of the past fifty years / Stan Isaacs.
If your studies involve Australian history, cultural diversity or you would just like an interesting read or viewing, you may also find these resources to be of interest:
This DVD shows the story of how modern multicultural Australia was forged against the odds.
This collection of some of the best Australian writing old and new, from across the continent, reminds us of our heritage and shows we have much to be proud of.” — Provided by publisher.
This book charts the history of migration to Australia from the twentieth century to the present… Richards uses the drama of real stories and experiences to illustrate broader arguments and places Australia’s experience in the context of international migration patterns.”–Provided by publisher.
This book is particularly useful for Education students & teachers. “Time to Celebrate offers and introduction to some of the world’s cultures by examining festivals and associated cultural events. It features a rich background to many of the world’s important festivals, as well as practical ideas and activities that link to learning areas including SOSE/HSIE, Literacy, The Arts, LOTE and Civics and Citizenship Education –Publisher’s website.
We hope you have a pleasant and harmonious Harmony Day :)
Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Harmony Day: 21 March: everyone belongs. Retrieved from http://www.harmony.gov.au/