The diverse students of Turvey Park Public School have not let the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic stop them from celebrating multiculturalism in 2020.
The school's plans to mark Harmony Day back in March were thrown into disarray by the move to home-learning, and Refugee Week passed with students still learning at home.
Now class is back up and running, the school decided to celebrate both with a multicultural display recognising the many cultures of the student body.
About 25 per cent of students at Turvey Park speak another language at home, and about 15 per cent are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Stories from these students about their family history and culture made up the display along with national flags and books about multiculturalism.
Students were encouraged to bring their cultural dress to school, with classes given lessons in origami and introduced to a variety of musical instruments on loan from the Wagga Multicultural Council.
EALP teacher Kellie Chapman said classes were encouraged to think about their own heritage when they visited the display, whether their family had been in Australia for generations or not.
"We're trying to get kids to delve into their own family history to find out where they came from," she said.
As part of the display, every student was asked to place a star next to their family's place of origin.
"It started lots of conversations I think," Ms Chapman said.
She said it had been wonderful to see students open up about their cultures, with students who were born in Australia embracing their heritage and children from recent refugee families telling their stories.
"Even for the teachers, that was eye-opening," she said.