The Bushy Boys celebrated Multicultural Day on the 23rd August 2013 under warm but windy conditions. Setting up the displays of country flags under the arches was an interesting exercise for the boys with several countries doing their very best to break free and fly away.
The SRC boys and other helpers set up tables and laid them with tempting treats from many parts of the world. The delicious food supplied by parents of the school and the hospitality department consisted of things like yummy butter chicken, lasagne, samosas, noodles, good old Aussie 'snags' in a roll, lamingtons, gelato, Greek crescent biscuits and much more..
The day was a great success and thanks to the staff and boys who contributed to the running of the day. Our special thanks must go to the Multicultural Organising Committee of Ms Caitlin Dwyer, Ms Muruvet Altundag, Ms Sathya Kumaralingam, Ms Nina Singh, Mr Prakash Innasi, Ms Gyan Sahay and Mr Peter Wilson and the SRC together with a huge thank you to the Hospitality Staff and students, and the Music Department.
The formailities of the day started with a parade of multi-national flags, followed by a stirring introduction from the Drum Corp. This was then followed by two musical items from the school band, led by Ms Tracy Burjan, namely Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf and a rousing rendition of the Italian Folk Festival.
A formal introduction by Mr Jurd and speeches from school representatives were made.
Special guest for the day was State MP for Strathfield Mr Charles Casuscelli who shared a lovely story of his early days as a migrant from Italy and he told the boys to always remember to have faith in themselves and follow their dreams because you can be whatever you want to be in this wonderful country of ours if you apply yourself. And he is a great success story of a migrant to Australia who became a State Member of Parliament!
The day was filled with wonderful cultural performaces in the hall and much laughter was had and friendships reconfirmed. A jelly bean guessing competition raised funds for the school and was won by Year 7 student David Dang who was just one off guessing the total of 639 jelly beans. Runners up were three Year 12 students, Leandros Pandoulos, Ibrahem Al-Atyla and Adrian Talevski.
The formalities ended with a close from students in community languages and an improptu version of the Haka by a P & C parent who wishes to remain annonymous (for good reason) and a closing address by our School Captain Scott Worthington.The success of days like these is a combined effort of staff, students and parents. Thank you to everyone who contribited in making this day so special.