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  1. 1. 1 HaRmONy NeiGHbouRhoOD Living well together This resource is a collection of young people’s personal stories and experiences. These stories tell how and where the young people in our community feel connected, valued, safe and respected.
  2. 2. neighbourhood harmony: Project background  4 The Maribyrnong community  5 Universal values, local lives  6 Mutual Respect  8 Respect for Self  10 Compassion  12 Social Justice  16 Non-Violence   18 Respect for Nature   20 Kindness   22 Peace and Harmony  24 a note for Teachers and parents  26 It is with great pleasure that I introduce the Neighbourhood Harmony Resource Booklet. This project is the result of a collaboration between Maribyrnong City Council and local school communities. The central theme of the project explored how people from diverse cultural, social, faith and language backgrounds live well together. The City of Maribyrnong is an exceptionally diverse community, but it is the things we share and value: family, friends, health, prosperity and happiness that are precious to all cultures. The Neighbourhood Harmony project examined these shared values through the eyes of young people who live in our community, recording their own experiences, observations and beliefs. Their voices resonate throughout and reveal how simple acts of kindness, compassion, respect and caring create harmonious communities. I invite you to see our community as the young people of Maribyrnong see it, and to share their wisdom. Cr John Cumming Mayor, City of Maribyrnong Acknowledgements: This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. The Australian Government is committed to addressing the needs of cultural, racial and religious intolerance by promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for everyone. The Government believes that strong social cohesion is best developed by projects that bring all Australians together and in particular create connections across the community, For more information on the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program, visit www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia Mayor’sWelcome 2 3 Contents
  3. 3. 4 5 The Maribyrnong Community The City of Maribyrnong is a small, densely populated area located in the inner western region of Melbourne. Before European settlement Maribyrnong was home to clans of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nation. The area is bounded by the Maribyrnong River and includes the suburbs of Braybrook, Footscray, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Seddon, Tottenham, West Footscray and Yarraville. Maribyrnong is a place of incredible vibrancy, cultural diversity and creativity. From the noise of the bustling Footscray market, to the competitive shouts on a sporting field, the quiet of the river to the rush of peak hour traffic after school – the City of Maribyrnong is one of the most culturally, socially and economically diverse communities in Victoria.* *Community Indicators Victoria, 2012 The Maribyrnong community is made up of approximately 74,000 people from many different cultures, ethnicities and faith groups. This booklet was produced as part of the Neighbourhood Harmony Project managed by Maribyrnong City Council. The project was framed around the idea that people of different cultures, ethnicities, faiths and social backgrounds share common values, and that these values enable us to live peacefully together. Maribyrnong City Council worked with four local primary schools and students from grades 4, 5 and 6 at West Footscray, Footscray, Footscray North, and Dinjerra primary schools. Working with schools on this topic is a recognition that our youngest citizens demonstrate a natural curiosity about the world and show a real interest in, and desire to live harmoniously. Students participated in a series of workshops, which included role plays, writing and art activities, and they were excited to talk about what values mean in their lives and how they experience them. The program provided opportunities for these young people to talk about the people, things, events and places that made them feel happy and valued. The students’ stories illustrate how common values such as compassion, kindness and respect enrich and unite us. The project looked at eight important values that seem to be shared by many people from all over the world. Each of the four participating schools explored two values, as shown below. FOOTSCRAY PRIMARY SCHOOL Compassion Social Justice FOOTSCRAY NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL Peace and Harmony Kindness FOOTSCRAY WEST PRIMARY SCHOOL Non-Violence Respect for Nature DINJERRA PRIMARY SCHOOL Respect for Self Mutual Respect Almost half (48%) of the people who live in our community were born overseas, and 36% speak languages other than English while at home. 43% are from Christian religions, 20% practice non-Christian religions and 26% stated no religion. Perhaps most significant to this project is the fact that over 17% of our population are children. neighbourhood harmony: Project Background 4 Australia 37,447 Vietnam 6,778 India 2,869 China 2,129 UK 1,841 New Zealand 1,236 Italy 1,037 Greece 950 Philippines 773 Macedonia 556 City of Maribyrnong Top Ten Countries of Birth, 2011
  4. 4. What are Values?Universal values, local lives I liked doing the Neighbourhood Project and talking about this stuff because it was what we thought and what happens to us. In my street there are people from different countries. It doesn’t feel like we are all different. We care about the same stuff. Values are deeply held beliefs about what is important, and what gives our lives direction and meaning. Values guide our decisions and actions, how we behave and how we treat other people. They are expressed in a variety of different traditions, rituals, customs and beliefs around the world, across cultures and over time. But there are some values that are shared across the world by all countries, cultures, languages and religions. These shared values, also called ‘universal values’, help different people understand one another and live well together. Even though we can’t see or touch them, values are still very powerful things that shape who we are. They can shape whole communities and cultures. They even determine what kind of world we live in! 6 self f amily/hom e community nation global The influence of values 7 Marcus, 12 Nadia, 11 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.* * Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on 10 December 1948. This internationally recognized ‘rule’ talks about the human family. Do you recognise this statement? What do you think it means? Sometimes adults talk about values like they are special, but I think they are things that happen in my day. Being kind you feel it and when it happens in your day you feel good. Values are things you can do to make your friends and family feel happy and cared for. Values in our community social justice non-violence compassion respect for self peace & harmony mutual respect kindness respect for nature Different cultures and societies may be organisedin different ways, but many of their corevalues are surprisingly similar.
  5. 5. 98 Across all countries and cultures, the most common value of all is mutual respect. This is sometimes called the ‘Golden Rule’ or the ‘Ethic of Reciprocity’. All cultures and traditions refer to this value in some way or another through their stories, cultural practices, and laws. “Do unto others….” is a concept that is present in almost every religion around the world. Mutual respect helps us live and work together co-operatively. It helps us to resolve conflict and guides our behaviour so that we can act with fairness and care for one another at home and in society. The world would be a very unfair and disorganised place without mutual respect! Social rules, or laws, exist to make sure that people respect one another in their actions and that their behaviour is fair, respectful and thoughtful of others. Many of these laws are based on the value of mutual respect. For example: T Criminal laws promote respect for other people and their belongings. T Traffic laws encourage fairness on the road and respect for people’s safety. T Discrimination laws promote fairness and respect for all people no matter what they look like, their sexuality, where they come from, or what gender they are. We went camping to Gisborne with other Sudanese people and my relatives. Everyone was having a fabulous time singing, dancing and sharing our stories. We all respect each other with kindness, manners and co-operation. We all value everyone’s opinion and their rights. (On Sunday, we all went to Hanging Rock, where we had a barbecue and shared lots of delicious food.) After eating, we climbed up the rocks to Hanging Rock. Before we get up to the top everyone was exhausted and completely worn out of energy but no one got lost because we all communicated to each other with respect and manners. We all had our photos taken with happiness in our hearts and smiling. We all had a great memorable experience and a great opportunity. Chin Chin Where do you experience mutual respect? PLAYING SPORT I am a competitive player, but I never disrespect other team mates. Charvante Thanh, 12 I know people from lots of different places. My mum and dad are from Vietnam. I live in Footscray in Maribyrnong. This project was really about all the things that make this a good place to live and how we get along. How we respect each other. You can’t see mutual respect but you know when it’s happening. Like at school. Marcus doesn’t follow the same team as me and when we lose and other kids say stuff, he just says better luck next time. I’m really hoping he’s right. Mutualrespect mutual respect: treating people how you would like to be treated, with respect. Can you think of any stories, poems, proverbs, or sayings that are about mutual respect? I show respect by helping my sisters read. I love and care for my family. Bianca I think it’s important to be responsible for your actions in everything that we do. Kimberly Cooking for my family shows respect because I am thinking of others. Jackieat home I feel respected when I play baseball because we talk and listen. Tony with other people
  6. 6. 11 Respect for self is sometimes expressed through tradition and rituals. For example, we celebrate birthdays not only to remember and be thankful for the day someone was born, but also to recognise that every person is special and important. Birthday celebrations, like other coming of age ceremonies, are about respect for self. Coming of age ceremonies are held to mark the transition through childhood into adulthood and greater responsibility. Many of these rituals involve ceremonial costumes and even different ways of adorning our bodies and wearing our hair. In some indigenous cultures, special stories and cultural lore is shared with young people. Some examples of coming of age rituals are: T  Bar/Bat Mitzvah T Confirmation T  Initiation Ceremonies T Special Birthday Parties We can also show respect for ourselves in small ways everyday by making wise choices, by sticking up for ourselves and by showing self-care. How do you show respect for yourself? LOOKING AFTER ME I show respect to myself by taking care of myself - getting enough sleep and healthy eating. Nadia, 11 I really like playing basketball and running in athletics. It keeps me fit and healthy and strong. I go to basketball training at the Braybrook Y and athletics twice a week. My friend Hannah loves books and writing. She helps me train in basketball and I share her books. One day she’s going to write about me at the Olympics – well maybe not, but we just really enjoy these things. Being active, playing sport and reading are things that we love. I think this is our way of being the best we can be and respecting ourselves. RespectforSelf Respect for self: Showing care and love towards yourself by looking after your body, mind and behaviour and being the best person you can be. I show respect to myself by sticking up for myself. It’s hard to stand up for yourself – when it’s just you against a group who are shouting you down. You have to keep trying. It’s about sharing different strengths – being proud of the things you’re good at. Many people around the world express their beliefs, commitment and belonging by wearing special head coverings. The head covering often symbolises respect for themselves, for their beliefs and for their community. Did you know... ? 1110
  7. 7. 12 13 How have you shown compassion to others? Halima, 11 Compassion What are some ways you have shown compassion? Whose ‘shoes’ have you walked in recently? When I think about compassion I think about a girl in my school, Ava. I’m a really good runner but sometimes I get asthma. Last year I got into the regional cross country. I was so excited. When I was running I had a very bad asthma attack and couldn’t breathe properly. I collapsed on the ground. Ava stopped and helped me, even though she got held back. In the end we both finished but we didn’t get a ribbon. Ava deserves one for the compassion she showed me! To feel compassion is like “walking in someone else’s shoes” and understanding how they feel. It is easy to feel compassion for people that you love and care for because you understand who they are. It can be more difficult to feel compassion for people we don’t know or understand as well, or for people who look or act differently. However, compassion is a powerful value that helps you to see everyone as part of the human family. Compassion can be shown in our everyday life as well as through special activities or rituals. Fasting (or restricting specific foods for a while) can be part of some religious and cultural customs. Fasting is a symbolic activity which demonstrates discipline and sacrifice. It is about showing compassion and solidarity with the poor and often includes giving money, food or gifts to those less fortunate. Doing these good deeds, showing compassion, forgiveness and making amends are part of the fasting ritual. At the ending of a fast there is great celebration and festivities, where people come together in unity and hope and share special foods. Two well known fasts are Ramadan (a month- long fast for Muslims) and Lent (a forty-day fast before Easter for Christians). compassion: Feeling deep concern and showing understanding and care for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. I was playing kanga cricket with Corpus Christi, our team verses St Bernadette. It started raining so we decided to go back to our bags but it was too far away. The girls at St Bernadette’s asked us to share their umbrella so we wouldn’t catch a cold. Nhu Once I saw a boy in Ocean Park in Hong Kong. He was really sick because he had gone on the roller-coaster called Hair Raiser. The roller coaster was a very scary one. I went towards him and offered him help. I brought him towards the toilet and I gave him a bottle of cold water. After that I brought him to the first aid room. After thirty minutes or so, he came out well and he thanked me. William There was a new student in my class. Her name was Xing Xo, she is Chinese. She didn’t know much English and she didn’t have many friends. I helped her out to find her way around the school because she didn’t know anyone or where anything was. It was hard for her. Now we are friends. Ngoc Han
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  9. 9. 16 17 What can you do to ensure social justice? SocialJustice social justice: A belief in fairness, equality for all people. The Australian belief that “everyone deserves a fair go”. Marcus, 12 I think you have to be brave to stand up, but sometimes you have to. Last year, when Thanh and I were playing footy, an adult in the crowd yelled out racist names. We all stopped playing and waited. Thanh said we wouldn’t play until it stopped. The other team agreed. My heart was beating really fast and I felt scared, but Thanh said ‘we’re not playing – we have to stand up for what is right.’ It would have been hard to do that if we didn’t stand together. Things don’t change if you are silent. The best thing was we stood together. Standing up for yourself can be hard. Standing up for other people, or something you believe in can be even harder! Social in-justice, or in other words, ‘things that are unfair’, can make people feel excluded, unhappy and without opportunity or hope. It takes real courage to confront injustice and stand up for others, or for something you believe in. What do Emily Pankhurst, Nelson Mandela, William Cooper and Rosa Parks have in common? They are all leaders with a strong sense of social justice. They were not afraid to stand up for what was fair and right and to help other people, even when it was not popular to do so. Good leaders inspire us to act respectfully, and to take action when we see injustice. You do not have to be a famous leader to make a difference, and there are many opportunities to help others to feel part of the human family. We all contribute to social justice in the world around us - through our everyday choices and actions, and how we behave with other people. Everyone has the right to belong, to be included- that’s what the “human family” means. “We acknowledge we are on aboriginal land and pay our respects to the local custodians and elders, past and present” (indigenous acknowledgement to country). Have you heard this? Why might this be considered a social justice action? One day when Elijah and I went to our friend Jack’s house, his friend Ryhan was there. We all were playing basketball when Ryhan started teasing Jack because he was short. Jack started crying and Elijah and I told Ryhan that there were a lot of good things about being short and that calmed Jack down. Ryhan said sorry to Jack and we kept playing basketball for the rest of the day until lunchtime. Gabriel In 2010, we had a 5 cent collection at our school. Everyone collected 5 cents to help students who are poor to buy uniforms and stationery. It’s a competition and also a fundraiser to help others. Everyone helped and I believe there are lots of people who now have enough money to buy stuff [the things they need]. Catherine Our group did a role-play about a kid in a wheelchair trying to get on a bus. The bus driver wasn’t going to let him on but some of the kid’s friends stood up to the driver and said “Hey, people in wheelchairs have rights,” and then the bus driver helped him to get on the bus. Our leadership group performed the role play for other classes in the school. Hayden Do you know someone who shows good leadership?
  10. 10. 18 19 The place that I think demonstrates non-violence and respect for nature is Johnson Reserve. It has a lot of trees and there are no fights. There are a lot of soccer matches and it is close to the school so people visit it a lot for cross-country and athletics. Daniel St Augustine’s Church is a peaceful place where people go to learn about non-violence and peace and harmony. At St Augustine’s Church we pray for harmony to make the world a better place. We pray for non-violence to make people not be mean to other people and to not make them feel bad. I think St Augustine’s Church is a peaceful place to learn peace and harmony. Emily Do you know a peaceful place in our community? Non-violence non-violence: a belief and way of life that seeks to eliminate all forms of violence, both physical and psychological, and in words and actions. Have you ever seen an act of bullying? How did it make you feel? What did you do about it? Harming another person is bad. I hate that people think they can use strength to hurt others. That’s not strong – it’s weak. Even words need to be gentle. There was a boy who lived in my street who used really bad words to my sister and my friend, Hannah – it made me embarrassed and scared. It hurt. Finally my mum and aunty spoke to the boy. I think he was embarrassed because he stopped doing it. I felt proud of my mum. Nadia, 11 Non-violence is about respecting the physical and emotional wellbeing of others. Making insults and put downs can be just as violent as striking someone, so non-violence is also about treating people respectfully and speaking kindly. People disagree on some things, and everyone gets angry from time to time, but violence is not the solution. Non-violence is a choice. It is a way of life that involves treating others respectfully and solving problems fairly and cooperatively. This includes taking a stand against bullying and other forms of violence whenever we see it. Ghandi’s idea of non-violence originated in the Hindu religious idea of ‘ahimsa’, which means ‘avoiding harm to others’. I think West Footscray library is a non-violent place because people read there and they help people. It’s quiet. I like that I can go to a place that is safe and I can go there by myself. Said
  11. 11. 20 21 Riding bikes are a good way to help reduce pollution in the world. I always try to ride my bike or walk to places I need to go, like school or friends houses that live close by. It is really showing respect for nature. Bikes do not pollute the air. So that’s why bikes are showing heaps of respect to nature. Jemma What do you do to show respect for nature? Thanh, 12 Respectfornature respect for nature: showing care and respect towards the earth, the environment, animals and plants and understanding that we are connected to the earth and depend on the earth for our life. Can you think of things your school has done to show respect for nature? My uncle really likes gardening. He has a great veggie patch. He says be kind to the earth and it will be kind to you. Mum says the earth can be generous. Whatever way you look at it we are part of nature and when we dig in my uncle’s garden I feel like we are showing we care about it and know how powerful it is. The word ‘Maribyrnong’ is thought to come from two different Aboriginal words, one meaning “I hear a ringtail possum” and the other the name for a type of edible yam that grows in abundance along the river. The area has great significance for the Indigenous custodians. The bends of the Maribyrnong river were traditional gathering places for ritual and ceremony and a plentiful food source. Approximately 74,000 people live in the City of Maribyrnong today. Although we come from many different countries, and may have different languages, cultures and religions, we can all help protect and care for our natural environment. We can do this by showing respect for nature, and understanding that we are connected to the earth and depend on the earth for our life. Places that show respect for nature 21 Pipemaker’s Park is a great place to respect nature because it’s a giant park near Highpoint. I love it because there’s lots of trees to climb and there’s heaps of fruit trees, so you can pick the fruit whenever you want. The History of the Land garden is great because it shows the history of Australia through the garden, from the Aborigines to the settlers and then the migrants. You can ride your bike there, go on really nice walks or just have a barbeque. Samuel I think my school is respectful to nature because they have a magnificent orchard. We grow our own food such as fruit and vegetables. We share them around to everyone in our school. We also have water tanks that collect rain water. We use that water to water the lovely garden we have instead of wasting the water from the tap, that’s why I think we have a respect for nature. Ellie
  12. 12. 22 23 Once when we visited our next door neighbour he had many fruits and vegetables growing and sprouting. There were some strawberries and tomatoes. He picked some of them and gave them to us. He said we can take them and eat them. We thanked him gratefully. I felt very happy and I will always remember his kindness. William One day when I came to Australia in the aeroplane, I was thinking if I will have friends in Australia. When I came into my house, there was nothing to do so I went outside and I saw my neighbour waving her hand to me. “Hi,” she said. “Hi,” I replied. “Would you like to play on the trampoline?” she asked. “Yes,” I said. When I played on the trampoline I was happy. She asked my sister if she wanted to play too. “OK,” she said. Then we became friends. Geerisha On the first day of school in 2007 I was shy, I was a grade prep. I had no friends. My teacher Christen let all the students have freetime. I felt lonely and I just sat with my mum and drew on a piece of paper. Then a grade 1 girl came over and talked to me. We became friends. Her name was Erin. She was my first friend that I made at school. Dora Stories about kindness Kindness Marcus, 12 Last year we went on an excursion and I forgot my lunch. When lunchtime came I felt silly. I was with kids from other grades. One kid asked if I wanted to share some lunch – I think he knew I didn’t have any. He said his mum had made extra. It ended up being a party because lots of other kids I didn’t know shared their lunch. They were really kind and I don’t know how they felt, but I felt like I belonged. “Light” is symbolic for many cultures around the world and features in stories and art, as well as in festivals such as Diwali, Christmas, New Year, Hanukkah and Solstice festivities. In these festivals, light is used to signify unity, a new beginning, the hope for a better future, and the victory of good (the light) over evil (the darkness). The giving of gifts, sharing special foods, giving thanks, showing forgiveness and kindness are all features of these various festivals. But kindness and generosity isn’t just about giving gifts! True kindness, forgiveness and generosity of spirit is about being grateful for the good things we see in people, spending time with our loved ones and friends and letting them know that we care about and value them. Sometimes it’s also about showing kindness to people we don’t know so well by being helpful and thoughtful. There are many opportunities to show kindness in everyday life. Sometimes it is the small things that make the biggest impression! kindness: demonstrating your respect for others through showing care, giving help to others, being considerate, generous and forgiving. How have you shown kindness to others? When someone is kind to you, how does it make you feel?
  13. 13. 24 25 Feeling peaceful Peaceharmony Halima, 11 A long held desire of the ‘human family’ is the hope for peace and harmony between all peoples - that people can live well together. Living well together includes feeling safe, feeling happy, feeling a sense of calm, getting on well with each other, sharing with each other, feeling included and respected, and caring for the environment in which we live. All of the values we have discussed – mutual respect, respect for self, kindness, compassion, non-violence, social justice, respect for nature, help to create the peace and harmony we desire. Peace doesn’t just happen- it is created by our choices, our actions and our determination! Can you think of any special rules and rituals, stories, prayers, songs or pieces of art that are about promoting peace and harmony: In your school? In your community? In Australia? In the world? peace harmony: achieving a sense of goodwill between all human beings, all groups, all countries. When my friend gave me a pork bun it tasted really yummy and I was really happy that I had a great friend like him. I was very pleased and felt like he was my best friend. Darien On my first day of school I met Doris. I was really, really shy and I didn’t have the confidence to talk to anybody. At the end of the day when we were called to sit on the floor I was sitting next to Doris when she pulled out a lollie. I looked at it and she said, “My brother gave it to me.” When the bell rang to go home, Doris introduced me to Dora. So while our mums talked we played together. My Mum is from a place that has been in wars. She doesn’t really talk about it but she gets sad. I don’t really know what I feel. I can’t even imagine. But I do think that when we have a problem with a friend and people are upset it feels rocky inside me. You can’t think. I like the feeling that when there’s peace you breathe better – you feel calm. I like calm, it helps me think. A number of peace symbols have been usedin various cultures over time, one of the mostancient being the olive branch and the dove.This peace symbol was created in 1958 for thecampaign for nuclear disarmament. Can youthink of any other symbols for peace? 25 The most wonderful thing that happened to me is when I started school. Natalie and Doris were helping me with things that I needed help with, like showing me where the toilets were and playing with me at lunch and snack. Farzing Peace is No fighting No scary face No angry scary rude face Harmony is Doing things together Playing games. Jonathan
  14. 14. 26 This section has been created as a guide for teachers and parents to discuss: “How do we live well together?” It focuses on our commitment to nurturing social learning, raising good people, encouraging responsible citizenship, and building strong communities. This quest has been a significant and enduring part of human aspiration and endeavour over the millennia and one that even our youngest members can (and should) participate in. WHAT WE DID The program was delivered using two two-hour workshops – over a period of two to four weeks (two values per group). It included a debrief session, where students talked about all eight values using the collected stories and artwork as a discussion tool. Workshop 1 (week 1): In part one of the workshop, background knowledge and new concepts were discussed. For part two, students broke into small groups for a role play activity. Each group brainstormed then acted out a short scenario to demonstrate a particular value in action. The role plays allowed them to embody abstract concepts and ‘play out’ the choices they make that enable all to live well together, through events and experiences that are familiar to them in their everyday life. Workshop 2 (week 2): In this session, students expressed their own personal stories and observations of the shared values through an art activity and a writing activity. The art activity focused on a ‘place’ where they saw the value/s occurring. Using black, white and grey card, they created a silhouette of a specific place in the community that they associated with this value. This art activity opened the way for many conversations about the connections children have to their community and the places that hold significance for them. The writing activity focused on a story where they have shown or seen the value in action and enabled the children to articulate how they felt about their connection to people, places, groups and institutions. USING THIS RESOURCE This resource will have particular relevance to young people aged 10-13. At this age, children are developing self identity, social independence, social awareness and a social conscience. The stories and designs developed in this resource emerge from children’s experiences and their desire to engage with important ideas and concepts, especially the idea of shared values. We hope that their voices resonate with other young people. Here are some suggestions about how the resource might be used by teachers and parents: USE THE VARIOUS SECTIONS TO EXPLORE: • definitions and synonyms (use appropriate, familiar language, and build vocabulary) • how values manifest in our lives and how our actions and choices demonstrate our values e.g. how they become “real” • the connection between the local expression of values and global issues • diversity in communities through the expression of different values through history, culture, religion, secular traditions and customs • the idea of shared values, for example, ‘Mutual Respect’ is an ideal value to introduce the topic. (It is linked to ‘The Golden Rule’ and there is a lot of cross- cultural information available) Use the children’s stories as discussion starters, or as stimulus to create your own stories, art work or role plays about your school or community, or what makes them feel happy and valued in their lives. Explore one of the values in detail or develop a series of sessions on each value. Focus on specific shared values that are important to your community. a note for teachers and parents TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR OWN SESSIONS • Most schools have a values framework or approach that influences the learning culture or behaviour code at the school. Use the language and frameworks of these programs that young people are familiar with and extend their knowledge with the new materials presented in this resource. • Use inclusive language and speak positively about all forms of diversity (eg culture, ethnicity, gender, family types, religious and secular traditions). • If challenging topics arise about diversity, then draw the conversation back to the shared values and the problem of how actions sometimes contradict values. Draw the conversation back to what enhances our capacity to live well together. Modeling this type of approach is an important skill for young people to learn. • Work from where young people are at- use their knowledge and their experiences as a springboard to exploring new ideas. FURTHER RESOURCES Maribyrnong Council website http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au • Lesson plans; presentations; resource list and links; search suggestions; pdf of Harmony Banner; Harmony Banner quiz questions. “Harmony project-mutual respect” video used in the workshops: • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ HotHouseProjects • Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/ user/HotHouseProjects Thank you: Maribyrnong City Council would like to thank the students, teachers and primary welfare coordinators from Dinjerra, Footscray, West Footscray and Footscray North primary schools. Your support, input, ideas and effort have been invaluable and inspiring. And many thanks to Helen Rodd for her dedication to the development of the project. Disclaimer: The information presented in this booklet is a guide only. Whilst all care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information presented, Maribyrnong disclaims all liability to a person in respect of anything, and the consequences of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance, either wholly or partially upon the whole or any part of the contents of this publication. Maribyrnong City Council recommends that users exercise skill and care with respect to its use. Maribyrnong City Council, Cnr Napier and Hyde Streets, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia Phone: (O3) 9688 0200, www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au 27
  15. 15. One day me and my best friend Mira were walking up and down Barkly Street, popping in and out of our favorite shops and buying stuff. When we were walking back to her house, we were waving to the people sitting in cafes, people walking with a pram past us, people talking. After that we felt really good. This is why my community represents non-violence. Audrey On the Lunar New Year we had such a big celebration and my family brought over so much food. We all shared the food and it was much more delicious when we ate it together. After that, the adults had to give money to the younger members. To receive the money we had to greet them by saying, ‘This new year I wish you good luck, and make sure you remain as beautiful as you are now!’ It was the best celebration of the year. Anne The Royal Children’s Hospital shows non-violence. It has an aquarium with a sign saying, “DON’T BANG ON THE GLASS,” because the fish get a shock when people bang the glass. I think fish are peaceful and beautiful. Zoe

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