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Building Empathy during Harmony Week

Last week Siena College celebrated Harmony Week. We reflected on the message of inclusion at various times, in the Pastoral period, at lunchtime and in academic classes. Given the recent events in Christchurch, all students were asked to reflect on how we can embed harmony in our community. In classrooms, students were asked to reflect on how our actions towards others cultivate a sense of belonging and a spirit of compassion within our Siena community. 

In the pastoral period we celebrated Australian multiculturalism by sharing our families’ backgrounds and journeys to Australia and the successful integration of migrants into our Victorian community.

At lunchtime on Friday afternoon, our Year 12 and Year 7 students participated in a Big Sister Little Sister Shared Lunch activity, which aimed to deepen the connection between our junior and senior students and build empathy towards one another in our Siena community. 

The Big Sister Little Sister lunch gave us an opportunity to catch up with our little sisters and get to know them better. It was a great experience and allowed many points of similarity to be found not only with our little sisters but also other Year 7s. This created a sense of cohesion and harmony between the two year levels, which usually interact separately.
Eliza Belleville, Year 12

The Big Sister Little Sister Shared Lunch gave us an opportunity to bond with our little sisters in a relaxed and positive environment. It allowed us to see points of similarity between the Year 7s and Year 12s, creating a sense of belonging and community.
Hannah Walsh, Year 12

The Big Sister Little Sister lunch was amazing! It was a great activity that promoted Harmony Week because we were all able to share experiences and food with one another. It was a lunchtime filled with laughter and fun which I think was the most important part. 
Lila Walsh, Year 7

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Last week Siena College celebrated Harmony Week. We reflected on the message of inclusion at various times, in the Pastoral period, at lunchtime and in academic classes. Given the recent events in Christchurch, all students were asked to reflect on how we can embed harmony in our community. In classrooms, students were asked to reflect on how our actions towards others cultivate a sense of belonging and a spirit of compassion within our Siena community. 

In the pastoral period we celebrated Australian multiculturalism by sharing our families’ backgrounds and journeys to Australia and the successful integration of migrants into our Victorian community.

At lunchtime on Friday afternoon, our Year 12 and Year 7 students participated in a Big Sister Little Sister Shared Lunch activity, which aimed to deepen the connection between our junior and senior students and build empathy towards one another in our Siena community. 

The Big Sister Little Sister lunch gave us an opportunity to catch up with our little sisters and get to know them better. It was a great experience and allowed many points of similarity to be found not only with our little sisters but also other Year 7s. This created a sense of cohesion and harmony between the two year levels, which usually interact separately.
Eliza Belleville, Year 12

The Big Sister Little Sister Shared Lunch gave us an opportunity to bond with our little sisters in a relaxed and positive environment. It allowed us to see points of similarity between the Year 7s and Year 12s, creating a sense of belonging and community.
Hannah Walsh, Year 12

The Big Sister Little Sister lunch was amazing! It was a great activity that promoted Harmony Week because we were all able to share experiences and food with one another. It was a lunchtime filled with laughter and fun which I think was the most important part. 
Lila Walsh, Year 7