Celebrations as Fairfield holds its first Culture Day
Students at Fairfield High School (FHS) celebrated Culture Day with a vast array of dress and accessories representing their identify, beliefs and institutions of a population which has been passed down from generation to generation. This special day complements the constant reminder of the school’s collective cultural heritage, evident in the 87 flags on display in the school’s Atrium.
Students were invited to wear cultural items of clothing, heritage colours, their school uniform with items of representation or even a flag; with the response being overwhelming throughout all year groups.
Cashan Campbell, Assistant Vice Principal comments: “We know how proud students are of their heritage, connections and history, but we weren’t sure as we launched our first Culture Day, how many would publicly choose to demonstrate this. This is just a starting point for us on a journey as we capture and share the diversity of the Fairfield Family.”
Asking students about how the Culture Day clothing represented their culture, and how it made them feel, the following was shared:
‘I like the way I feel in it’ – Rehan 9L
‘It’s important as it makes us feel welcome’ – Hamda, Year 8
‘We shouldn’t feel ashamed, I used to be embarrassed but I don’t anymore’ – Marwa, Year 8
‘It makes me feel proud and able to express my culture and you feel comfortable’ – Zoya, Year 9
‘Makes me feel myself’ – Baraa, Year 9
‘I feel really good because I can show where I’m from’ – Bayan, Year 9
I’m the only student from East Timor, so I feel special that I’m representing my country’ – Laura, Year 9