"It's the heart of who we are that we are so multicultural."
From Italy to Indonesia, the unique cultural backgrounds of Griffith's students and teachers were put on display during Harmony Day events last week.
Cultural outfits were donned, exotic foods were tasted and traditional dances wowed the crowds as the schools celebrated Australia's cultural diversity.
Nau Mahe, a community liaison officer at Murrumbidgee Regional High School, said the day was a great chance to show off Griffith's unique multiculturalism.
"We are very multicultural ... and today was just about acknowledging eachother and celebrating eachother's differences," Mrs Mahe said.
"And what better way to do it than with food!"
Students from both MRHS sites attended the Harmony Day event, where they got the chance to try unique international dishes, get henna tattoos, and attend a harmony concert with traditional song and dance from around the world.
Mrs Nahe said the school's incredible multiculturalism meant there was a lot on offer.
"We've got a large pacific islander population with plenty of Tongans, Samoans and Fijians. Also Indians, Malaysians and of course Italians ... and we've even got some Scots walking around in their tartans," Mrs Nahe said.
...today was just about acknowledging eachother and celebrating eachother's differences.Nau Mahe, Murrumbidgee Regional High School
"It's our first Harmony Day as a whole school and I think a lot of them are enjoying it ... it's the heart of who we are that we're so multicultural."
Year 12 student Brendan Codemo said the day went very well and that it was always exciting when both sides of the school could get together.
"It's gone really good. There's a lot of fundraising and just people enjoying eachother's company," he said.
"When the sites come together we get to meet new people and socialise and go out of our normal friend group which is always good."
At Griffith Public School, students spent the week in class learning about the significance of Harmony Day and producing poetry, artwork and videos.
As well as celebrating Harmony Day, the school also set a big focus on the National Day against Bullying and Violence and children took part in conversations on the importance of kindness and why it is so important to stamp out bullying.
A group of Year 6 students made the trip to Goolgowi Public School to spoke to the children there about the importance of cultural diversity.
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Griffith East Public School participated in a yearly Harmony Day tradition, with students from across the school working together to create a piece of art.
Each student decorated a piece of paper in the shape of hand to signify their country of heritage, and the hands were then shaped to spell out the word 'harmony'.
The artwork showcased the many cultures which enriched the school and showed students how many cultures coming together can create something beautiful.
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