Mount Clear College Holds First Multicultural Day

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at Mount Clear College [Time]    2019-04-09 16:47:11 
 

On March 28th local time, Mount Clear College held its first Multicultural Day at the Assembly Hall, hosting over 1200 staff members, students of the college and representatives from communities of various cultural backgrounds. The aim of the day was for all members of the college and community including staff, students and local residents to celebrate diverse cultures and to develop intercultural awareness and understanding.

At 9:00am, a representative of the descendants of the local Aboriginal Australians,Lynita Taylor, Principal of Mount Clear College, and Jenny Bromley, the Vice-Principal of Mount Clear College, and some student representatives from the college attended the Smoking Ceremony, a traditional custom among Aboriginal Australians, marking the opening of the Multicultural Day. Then Mayor of Ballarat City, Ms Samantha McIntosh, gave a speech and announced the official opening of the Multicultural Day.

Students from different cultural backgrounds showed colorful performances. The dance of 11 Chinese students and teachers won a lot of applauses. Jijun Yang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Classroom, performed Taichi in front of the staff and students. Then he taught Taichi and Chinese Martial Art, attracting Mayor Samantha McIntosh and Principal Lynita Taylor to join in.


Yang Jijun showing Taichi at Assembly Hall

At 2:00 pm, variety of delicious foods of different cultures aroused the appetite of both teachers and students. The stretched noodles and dumplings prepared by Chinese teachers attracted a long line of people.


Yang Jijun teaching students how to stretch noodles at Cafe

The local media (Thecourier) reported the event on March 29th, saying that “Mount Clear College places a high value of multiculturalism, with a strong focus on Chinese language and culture, an ornate Confucius Classroom and regular school trips to the country”.

 
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