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Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Schools

16 March 2017
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Learning areas: PDHPE

Stages: Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10), Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6), Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4), Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

Tuesday 21 March is Harmony Day, a celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. Coinciding with United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Harmony Day provides an opportunity for students to learn about and respect cultural diversity. 

The mandatory K-10 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus provides opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop respectful relationships, value diversity and recognise the importance of inclusivity to individual and community health and wellbeing.

In PDHPE K-6, students explore:

  • positive relationships
  • how to recognise and accept differences
  • forms of discrimination and anti-discrimination legislation
  • role, rights and responsibilities in relationships
  • types of groups

In PDHPE Years 7-10, students explore:

  • the value of difference and diversity
  • strengthening diversity
  • diversity in relationships
  • the use of inclusive and exclusive language
  • empathy and understanding
  • how to recognise and challenge inequities
  • building inclusion
  • valuing individual differences and perspectives

To support the PDHPE syllabus, celebrating diversity in schools is best supported by collaborating with parents and the community. This includes supportive policies, structures and ethos to reinforce a culture of inclusion and equality. 

For more information and resources relating to diversity, visit the following websites:

For more information, contact: 
Dominique Sidaros
Senior Curriculum Officer, PDHPE
dominique.sidaros@nesa.nsw.edu.au 
(02) 9367 8317

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