Moorefield Girls promoting community harmony
For almost a decade the students and staff at Moorefield Girls High School have been actively promoting cultural diversity and countering discrimination through the work of the Multicultural Anti-Discrimination (MAD) group.
MAD, which is now comprised of all students and staff at the school as well as parents and community members, is dedicated to developing activities which develop understandings of multiculturalism and address discrimination. Specifically, MAD aims to:
- encourage student participation in cultural activities
- promote special cultural events
- provide opportunities for school representation at cultural functions
- support the teaching of multicultural perspectives across all subject areas
- promote the school's Bill of Rights for Racial Harmony.
Each year, the group co-ordinates an annual celebration called MAD Day. This event, generally held in November, involves the whole school and is designed to promote an understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity.
Moorefield Girls High School, located in southern Sydney, has a diverse student population from over 45 different cultural backgrounds. The school was recognised for its efforts in 1998 when it won the Director-General's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Education and features on the Speak soft, Speak sure website.
For more information, contact Moorefield Girls High School on 02 9587 6095.
The Moorefield Girls High School Bill of Rights for Racial Harmony
- We have the right to live in a society where racism is not tolerated.
- We have the right to feel safe and happy in our society.
- We have the right to feel proud of our own culture.
- We have the right to be respected and it is our responsibility to respect others.
- We need to recognise and value all cultures equally.
- Reports of racist behaviour must be investigated promptly, fairly and thoroughly.
- We have the obligation to understand our rights and responsibilities.