Orange and Sushi Harmony
Christ Church boys celebrated Harmony Day and the diversity it promotes with a riot of colourful dress, special assembly presentations, singing, speakers and sushi made by volunteers in an enthusiastic fundraising campaign for the Japanese people to support their recovery from recent earthquakes.
On Thursday the senior school boys came dressed in colourful casual gear, featuring orange or favourite sporting code. They kicked off the day with a special assembly celebrating diversity with presentations from boys on indigenous culture, a speech on multicultural themes from Professor Samina Yasmeen as well as a presentation from boys who have experienced Japanese culture from past Japanese tours and CCGS students, representative of the local Japanese community. They offered insights into the Japanese spirit in dealing with the recent devastation in Japan. This was warmly received by the student body who voted with their stomachs and wallets to the tune of 400 serves of sushi at recess and lunch.
A team of Japanese parents, Alliance Catering and Sado Island Restaurant got their rice cookers steamed up and set their alarms early to make enough fresh sushi packs for the senior school boys to purchase. School staff were very supportive, with many teachers eating sushi in the staffroom at recess. The sushi sales and extra donations raised almost $2,500.
In the Preparatory School, the boys wore orange and attended a special assembly on Friday. Chaplain Canon Frank Sheehan spoke and all the boys from Prep Primary through to Year 3 sang a song about harmony, which was followed by class 3GH’s special assembly feature on Australia’s convict history.
The casual dress donations from boys and their families across the school are still being tallied and is expected to reach at least $2,000 towards the Japanese relief appeal.