Schools and community groups across the Hunter have marked Harmony Day with celebrations of the diverse cultures that make up modern Australian society.
At Maitland High School, students representing the Aboriginal, Torres Straight Islander, Fijian, Tongan, Samoan and Maori communities performed traditional dances in the quadrangle.
“The kids were really excited about Harmony Day, they feel that need to show other people their culture,” Aboriginal Liaison Officer Chantal Tanna said.
“They want to show that they’re not just the ‘black kids’, their cultures are unique, completely different, each with its own importance and specialties.”
Ms Tanna said the students were planning on expanding Harmony Day in 2018 to include food stalls filled with traditional recipes.