Our Dubbo Opportunity Hub – DHUB team were honoured to be able to set up a stall at Dubbo South Public School for their Harmony Day celebrations this year. Despite strong winds repeatedly knocking over the team’s setup, the team laughed it off and got straight into the celebrations as the events started.

The team dived in with orange, the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day! Justin had his hair sprayed orange, Kiara and Nat rocked their matching homemade orange DHUB friendship bracelets, and Kiara’s nails were painted bright orange.

After a beautiful assembly presentation, students and their loved ones explored and engaged with community providers’ stalls under the covered outdoor learning area.

The DHUB team offered hands-on activities such as scratch art of Indigenous animals and boomerangs and making friendship bracelets. Everyone and anyone was invited to come and get their hair sprayed orange and their nails painted bright orange too, and sign their names on the DHUB’ harmony hands rainbow board.’

Lucky Dip bags were up for grabs, too, for those who sat and had a yarn with the team.

The students of DSPS were encouraged to wear their cultural clothing or something orange. It was beautiful to look across and see such a bright and diverse group of students coming together, celebrating and acknowledging the diverse community of Dubbo.

With this year’s theme being ‘everyone belongs,’ the team was delighted to watch the students disregard stereotypes and see everyone, regardless of age, race, or gender, have their nails done and make friendship bracelets.

Kiara was even lucky enough to walk away with a bracelet made for her by a participant from the SistaSpeak program whom she mentors. Events and days like this make us all proud of our young people in the community.

It was a great day all round for staff and students alike. Wild, windy days like this can put workers under the pump, but the team came together and was an example of what passion, commitment, and teamwork can produce for all involved.

We thank Dubbo South Public School for having us come along for such an empowering and brilliant day.

About DHUB

As part of the NSW Government’s OCHRE initiative (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment), Bamara leads the work of the Dubbo Opportunity Hub (DHUB), a program for Aboriginal students in Dubbo and Wellington focusing on transitioning from education to careers and employment. 

We partner with local Elders and community leaders, local employers and various community agencies to help students progress their chosen career pathway.