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School Harmony Day turns to respect and last respects

Students at O’Connor Primary School were taught about respect for other cultures while paying their respects to those who lost their lives during the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15.

The students participated in a range of activities yesterday for Harmony Day, including lowering the school’s flag to half-mast to pay their respects to the people who died in the tragic terror attack.

O’Connor Primary School deputy principal Candice Brown said the school had a range of students and staff from different countries, particularly a big enrolment of New Zealand-born families.

“As well as celebrating Harmony Day, we also wanted to pay our respects for the attack which touched the hearts of many people,” she said.

“In a world of instant media where kids are so aware of everything going on, it’s important to help parents and people around children to talk to them about it.”

As part of their Harmony Day activities, students were taught about conflict resolution, resilience and how to identify bullying.

“Harmony Day is about living and working together, showing respect and inclusion for all staff, students and people in the community, and we think to live in harmony you need to be able to get along with your fellow classmates,” Ms Brown said.

Students, parents and teachers created paper chain links with writing making pledges against bullying.

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