Logan Park High's Race Unity Day assembly poignant

Jordanian brothers Ala'a (left) and Mohammed Mayyas celebrate Race Unity Day at Logan Park High School. Photos: Gregor Richardson
Jordanian brothers Ala'a (left) and Mohammed Mayyas celebrate Race Unity Day at Logan Park High School. Photos: Gregor Richardson
Logan Park High School's annual Race Unity Day assembly has traditionally projected an atmosphere of celebration.

However, this year, Jordanian brothers Ala'a (14) and Mohammed (13) Mayyas said it was more poignant and solemn.

''I've been doing this for the last three years,'' Ala'a said.

''This year feels different for me because of the Christchurch mosque shooting.

''It's been a very emotional time.''

Race Unity Day celebrations at Logan Park HIgh School.
Race Unity Day celebrations at Logan Park HIgh School.
The Muslim brothers were among more than 60 Logan Park High School pupils from more than 30 different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, who attended the assembly.

They did their level best to put on a brave face and keep the event a colourful, multicultural and entertaining experience.

''Today is a good day to celebrate our differences and discover our similarities,'' Ala'a said.

''This is a highlight of my year. It's a fun way to meet new people, to see their culture and where they come from, and learn about their history.''

It is part of United Nations International Race Relations Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (both marked on March 21).

''With recent events, it's heightened the awareness of different cultures, different religions and different views on life,'' Logan Park High School co-principal Peter Hills said.

 

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