Queensland school, North Lakes State College, embraces it multiculturalism

More than a quarter of children attending schools in this north Brisbane area were born in a country other than Australia.

The most multicultural of the schools in Mango Hill and North Lakes is North Lakes State College, where more than 30 per cent of the students were born overseas.

Of the schools 2972 students, 916 were born in a country other than Australia.

The school has 54 nationalities represented, which is reflected at the colleges two campuses, where a wall is covered in flags from all of the students nationalities.

It is a similar situation at all of the schools in this area.

At The Lakes College, 178 of the 623 students were born overseas, representing 22 nationalities.

Bounty Boulevard has more than a quarter of its 1183 pupils born in other countries, with 317 children born overseas ? from 36 countries.

St Benedicts College has 56 students born overseas. Of the schools 268 students, 14 nationalities other than Australian are represented.

At St Benedicts Catholic Primary School, 17 countries are represented through 77 pupils, of the total 588 enrolled.

Mango Hill State School has 140 children born overseas, representing 20 nationalities.

Celebrating the diverse cultures, heritage and background of the students sparked North Lakes State College to start a multicultural carnival and market last year.

North Lakes State College P and C operations manager Catherine Monks said the fun-filled day, which would be held again on Sunday, October 18 was a way to bring the entire community together.

We have run the carnival for many years but last year was the first time we held the multicultural fair because we wanted to embrace the multiculturalism, she said.

Last year we looked around the table and there were seven of us organising the carnival and only one of us was from Australia.

So we thought why not embrace that?

The carnival is influenced by a range of cultures ? in the way of food stalls, entertainment and market stalls.

The usual crowd favourites of games, rides and fireworks add to the occasion.

Source: Quest NewsMore than a quarter of children attending schools in this north Brisbane area were born in a country other than Australia.

The most multicultural of the schools in Mango Hill and North Lakes is North Lakes State College, where more than 30 per cent of the students were born overseas.

Of the schools 2972 students, 916 were born in a country other than Australia.

The school has 54 nationalities represented, which is reflected at the colleges two campuses, where a wall is covered in flags from all of the students nationalities.

It is a similar situation at all of the schools in this area.

At The Lakes College, 178 of the 623 students were born overseas, representing 22 nationalities.

Bounty Boulevard has more than a quarter of its 1183 pupils born in other countries, with 317 children born overseas ? from 36 countries.

St Benedicts College has 56 students born overseas. Of the schools 268 students, 14 nationalities other than Australian are represented.

At St Benedicts Catholic Primary School, 17 countries are represented through 77 pupils, of the total 588 enrolled.

Mango Hill State School has 140 children born overseas, representing 20 nationalities.

Celebrating the diverse cultures, heritage and background of the students sparked North Lakes State College to start a multicultural carnival and market last year.

North Lakes State College P and C operations manager Catherine Monks said the fun-filled day, which would be held again on Sunday, October 18 was a way to bring the entire community together.

We have run the carnival for many years but last year was the first time we held the multicultural fair because we wanted to embrace the multiculturalism, she said.

Last year we looked around the table and there were seven of us organising the carnival and only one of us was from Australia.

So we thought why not embrace that?

The carnival is influenced by a range of cultures ? in the way of food stalls, entertainment and market stalls.

The usual crowd favourites of games, rides and fireworks add to the occasion.

Source: Quest News

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