On the 21st of October, Emilija Batar and myself, and many other students from many other schools, were privileged to attend Global Dignity Day at the Parliament of NSW. The internationally recognised day was aimed at fostering positive relationships between all peoples, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, opinion or disability. The day also concentrated on the fact that if every person respected another’s dignity, the world would be a much more harmonious place.
The day first started with a keynote address by Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane. He is an experienced advocate for multiculturalism within Australia. His main message was that starting conversations about dignity, and how to respect it, will take the cohesion of society forward many bounds.
Next, we were split up into many smaller groups and together, we discussed what dignity meant to us. We also shared stories of how we respected another person’s dignity, or helped their dignity to be upheld.
Finally, all the students congregated into the main hall once again to share these stories with all the participants of the day. The stories were very engaging, and some even gave us chills.
Overall, the day was very engaging, and the main message we took away from it was very valuable; always respect another’s dignity.
Sylvia Mikha - Year 10 Representative
On the 28th of September, various senior school representatives partook in the Harmony Day Walk hosted by the Moving Forward Together Association, a not-for-profit association committed in promoting social cohesion. The Harmony Day Walk seeks to bring together Australians from diverse nationalities, ethnic and religious backgrounds to help forge an inclusive society. The central message of the day was to commemorate and celebrate the enduring values of fairness, harmony and respect. It was an enjoyable day that consisted of numerous interactive activities including a fifteen-minute walk around Fairfield Adventure Park, poster designing, dance performances and speeches delivered by local MPs. Overall, the experience was elevating and we hope to see more students partake next year.
Kevin Nguyen - Year 12 Representative
Fairvale High School Space for School Captains and SRC events and information.
moderated by SQ
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 whose aim it is to improve the school by voicing the opinions of the student body and to promote school spirit.