Dawson Public School celebrates multiculuralism with colour run

All the colours of the rainbow could be seen at Dawson Public School last month, as the community celebrated its rich diversity.

Multicultural Day was celebrated through food, stories and dancing, but the real “highlight” of proceedings was a colour run, according to the school’s community liaison officer Cassandra Reid.

Ms Reid said families were enlisted to provide a full cultural experience for pupils.

Events kicked off with a concert of traditional Pacific Islander, Sub-Continental and Indigenous performances.

Ms Reid said the school was blown away when one student got up on stage to sing with her father.

“We didn’t even know she could sing,” she said.

“All the kids thought it was fantastic. But the highlight of the day was definitely the colour run.”

Ms Reid said the run was “very messy” but was representative of the day’s message.

“We’re all inclusive and we’re all one, no matter what your colour is,” she said.

An international food festival gave pupils a delicious glimpse of how classmates celebrated their cultures at home.

“Even when it comes to food there’s so much more behind that, we just see the commercialised side to it,” Ms Reid said.

“It helps to realise that kids within the same culture can still come with different beliefs and ideas.”

She said the importance of the day’s events could not be understated.

“Coming together is the most important part,” Ms Reid.

“You don’t want to make it tokenistic. It’s going back to what the community is.

“It’s not telling the community what their culture looks like, it’s them coming to us and showing us themselves.

“I think that makes the community feel valued.”