“There is only one race and that is the Human race."
The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness for all Australians. This day also coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
For a more harmonious society we need to focus on ourselves, our own inner world and nurture it, so that we can be the best person we can possibly be and contribute in best possible manner to this world of ours.
We are not separate from each other, wellbeing comes from being connected and engaged, we move in a web of relationships and interests. We are totally interrelated and our actions have consequences.
On Tuesday the 5th of April, Charlie Mclean and James Smith of Year 9 attended an ANZAC Day service at Hyde Park in the City to partake in the event alongside 70 other Primary and Private schools. James and Charlie were representing both Homebush Boys High School and the Public High Schools in NSW. Here is their recount.
We arrived at the ceremony and met with the organiser to discuss what we had to do. We were introduced to many people, some new faces and some old. Our main duties were to hand out service guides along with a Golden Star. Each star had the name of a fallen ANZAC soldier and their platoon. There were upwards of around 500 students attending the ceremony. After we finished handing out the guides and the stars, the ceremony began.
On Wednesday 6 April, the Homebush Boys HS Year 11 debating team competed against Santa Sabina for the Maurie Moroney Memorial Shield. This competition has been a tradition between schools in the Strathfield district since 1979. The debate was held at the Strathfield Golf course in the evening. Homebush have held the shield since 2013. Our team was comprised of Divik Nigam (first speaker), Amaan Ansari (second speaker) and Ibrahim Taha (third speaker).
The topic focused on making Science a compulsory subject for the HSC. In a lively and relevant debate, the Homebush team gained the ascendency early as the affirmative team and presented some compelling arguments. The boys were decisive in taking the challenge to the opposition and more than held their own in all the exchanges.