Year 5 and 6 students at Orchard Grove Primary School, Blackburn South, had a remarkable experience during a Diwali presentation hosted by the Maroondah Indian Community (MIC).
Transforming the school into a vibrant hub of cultural festivity, MIC adorned the premises with exquisite garlands, mesmerising rangoli art, and even dressed the teachers in traditional sarees and turbans.
The event triggered a wave of curiosity among the students!
This stimulated discussions around the intriguing narratives of King Ravan’s betrayal by his brother during his battle with Bhagwan Ram. These discussions provided a profound learning experience, emphasising the pivotal role of choices in life’s journey.
MIC’s secretary and presenter, Gagan Agrawal, conveyed the vital message that choices define their path, with some leading to success and others to adversity.
Reflecting on the event, Poonam Kumari, a parent from the school community, hailed it as the most cherished Diwali celebration. This highlights the significance of sharing cultural festivities within a broader community, transcending individual boundaries.
Sadhna Kumari, a senior citizen leading the Rangoli decoration, introduced an innovative approach by utilising food-coloured rice instead of chemical dyes, prioritising children’s health, especially during asthma season.
Expressing gratitude, MIC President Vikas Ahuja commended Tulin Koc for her exemplary coordination, acknowledging her dedication to orchestrating the event seamlessly.
Tulin Koc, in turn, praised the collaborative efforts of MIC volunteers and parent helpers, recognising their commitment despite busy schedules.
School principal Michelle Ogilvie underscored the school’s core value of embracing diversity. She lauded the educational significance of cultural celebrations in fostering a deeper understanding of peer cultures among students. Ogilvie extended appreciation to MIC and parent volunteers for nurturing these values, benefitting not only the students but also their families and wider society.
The Diwali celebration at Orchard Grove Primary School not only illuminated the significance of life choices but also served as a bridge to embrace cultural diversity. This reinforced essential values among students and their communities.
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