Harmony was keynote for day

STUDENTS from Navitas College in Liverpool performed at the Liverpool Council Harmony Day event on Friday.

Harmony Day celebrates Australia's cultural diversity and this year's event followed the theme to "make this world a better place to live".

Students performed traditional songs and dances, and prepared bookmarks with Harmony Day messages.

Acting college manager Iryna Druzenko said the event promoted community participation, inclusiveness and respect.

"Many of our students have experienced some form of racism, [and] some of them have come from war-torn countries," Mrs Druzenko said.

"They have come to Australia for a better life, so we use Harmony Day to show that every person is welcome and included in our community."

The Liverpool campus is one of 10 Navitas Colleges in Sydney, and 60 per cent of its students are refugees.

Mrs Druzenko said the programs definitely made a difference in the lives of the students.

"In the Liverpool college we do not only give necessary language skills, we provide the support they need to settle down in Australia: we give them understanding of Australian values, we help them integrate into the local community," she said.

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said that while the Bigge Park event, which was attended by 600 people, was "wonderful", every day in Liverpool was like Harmony Day.

"We have people from all over the world living in Liverpool and we live in harmony every day of the year," councillor Mannoun said.

The festivities also included a soccer clinic with the Western Sydney Wanderers, a citizenship ceremony to welcome 61 new citizens, an art-in-the-park event and entertainment.

Details: navitasenglish.com.

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