Students celebrate Harmony Day

21/03/14
Staff, volunteers and students all celebrated Harmony Day at RIDBC

A group of ten volunteers from Jana Investment Advisers helped celebrate Harmony Day with students from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Alice Betteridge School, on Wednesday 19 March.

Each classroom was decorated to represent a different country.

“We asked our students to choose a country that was significant to them in some way – whether it had a cultural significance to their family, they had travelled there, or where they may have been learning the language in class,” said RIDBC Alice Betteridge School Curriculum Co-ordinator, Jessteene Clifford.

“We then prepared for Harmony Day by learning to cook national dishes and preparing decorations for each room. Each child received a passport and then, with the support of our families and volunteers, we visited each of the classrooms to taste the food, take part in craft activities and get the passports stamped.”

RIDBC Alice Betteridge School caters for students who have a significant vision or hearing loss as well as a level of intellectual impairment. Harmony Day provided these students with the opportunity to learn through hands on experience.

“The day provides many sensory experiences to support our students in learning language in context,” said Jessteene. Food plays a particularly important role in broadening student understanding as it allows students to touch, smell and taste.

“Learning about different cultures reinforces the part a student plays in the broader school community, which is important to their sense of belonging. Harmony Day also provides a lovely, informal opportunity for families to feel part of that community as well.”

Volunteers from Jana Investment Advisers supported the activities throughout the day.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest provider of services for children with hearing or vision loss, assisting thousands of children a year across Australia

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.