This year at Carinity Education Southside we decided to combine our celebrations for Harmony Day and International Women’s Day into one celebration, held on the 21st of March.
The theme for this year’s Women’s Day is Balance, fitting perfectly with the ongoing theme for Harmony Day which is “Everyone Belongs“.
We were so thrilled to start the day with a tremendous turn out from our community, including present and former students and families, community Indigenous elders, members of local council as well as representatives from the many organisations we support, and who support us throughout the years.
We kicked off our presentations with a talk from Indigenous Land and Sea Council, Deputy C.E.O, Tricia Stroud.
Tricia gave an inspirational and motivating talk about her journey to becoming the Deputy C.E.O of the ILC – she spoke about not wanting to be specifically defined as an ‘Aboriginal woman’, but rather forging her own unique identity; about taking time to get to know yourself and love yourself and gave us all some amazing advice about how our energy should be thought of as a currency, and ensuring we only give our energy to the aspects of our lives that deserve it.
After this we held a fashion parade, titled “Southside Fashionova” by our wonderful Year 10 student, Alicia. The girls dressed up in outfits that represent various cultures and ethnicities, then modelled these outfits for the audience.
Our wonderful Indigenous dance group, The Ginibi Dancers, treated us to several dance performances throughout the day. The girls painted themselves up with white ochre and hit the stage with our Year 9 youth worker, Lara, leading them. Lara has spent countless hours with The Ginibi Dancers teaching them traditional, cultural dances. Confidence was evident amongst the girls who had smiles from ear to ear as they concluded each performance.
We then had a break from the performances and presentations to have lunch. The Hospitality students had been working hard all morning to put on a beautiful lunch for all guests, students and staff. A beautiful selection of pulled pork, chicken, salads, risotto and noodles was served up before the desserts were brought out; fruit salad, jelly, cream and custard went off amongst everyone in attendance.
After lunch we headed back for our last event of the day; our panel of speakers. This year we decided to put together a panel of people to speak on current social issues that face our community such as domestic violence or bullying. We had a mixture of people on the panel such as a past student, current students, a current staff member, Indigenous elders and community members. Members of the audience were able to speak up on any of the issues and give their input as well which made for a really great discussion around some incredibly heavy topics.
Students have been working tirelessly over the last month to design and create beautiful hand-made goods that they would be able to sell on the day. The money that was raised on the day through the student’s stalls will be used to fund camps and excursions for their year levels.
The Years 7 & 8 students set up a stall to sell their hand-made candles, soaps, bath salts etc. and will be donating their money to various charities of their choosing.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in this spectacular day, we could never have pulled this off without the help and support of our students and community elders/members.
To view more photos from the day, please click here.