Here’s to hope for a good life

Celebrate diversity: Kingswood High School parent Maybelle Galuvao sings the Samoan national anthem on the school’s multicultural day.Picture: Gary WarrickSCHOOL captains Emma-Leigh Maley and Jack Le greeted the school assembly in several languages.
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Odain Moe, a student from the Cook Islands, said the day was an opportunity for all to share the experiences of different cultures.

“It’s an honour to be a representative of Pacific Islanders at Kingswood High School,” Odain said. “Today, we bring our home to you. Australia is a country that gives us all hope for a good life.”

Maybelle Galuvao, the mother of one of the students, sang the Samoan national anthem and was joined by several students singing from the assembly.

The school principal, Paul Erikson, spoke about his own family’s background.

“My parents migrated from Sweden and saw the opportunities for their children in this country,” Mr Erikson said. “Multiculturalism enriches all Australians and makes this country rich and vibrant.”

Mr Erikson said multiculturalism reflected Kingswood High’s own ethic, which stressed inclusion and respect.

“Australians of all backgrounds are entitled to opportunities in education,” he said.

“We also need to prepare our students for global citizenship.”

The multicultural day ended with an afternoon concert.

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