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South Hedland Primary School, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA), held a whole school celebration for Harmony Day and Close the Gap Day on 21 March 2012.
As part of the celebrations, school children learnt about many ways to embrace the principles of reconciliation and multiculturalism during the event. Junior and senior blocks each rotated through a separate series of fun, interactive activities throughout the day.
Junior children focused on car safety, health and multicultural awareness, whilst senior students looked at topics like peer relationships and drug education. South Hedland Primary School teacher Cherie Pearse said that such a day also helps students better understand what is meant by the term 'health', and learn what it means to take care of themselves and each other.
'It makes the students more aware of what they're eating, what a drug actually is. In the senior block, we focused on legal and illegal drugs - that things like cigarettes, even though they're legal, are still a drug and they still have the negative impact, which a lot of the kids probably aren't aware of,' Mrs Pearse said.
Tackling these more serious topics at an upper primary level is something Mrs Pearse sees as a positive step for young people preparing for high school.
Source: Pilbara Echo
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