Upper Mount Gravatt Police faced fierce, friendly competition with Sunnybank High School (SHS) students today to mark the second annual Harmony Day Community Shield soccer game.
The epic sporting match is the final event in a week full of activities that celebrate the diverse communities and cultures that make up Australia.
The event enters its second year, after last year’s inaugural game ended in a nail-biting win for the high school students during a penalty shootout.
The police were hopeful of reversing last year’s shock loss, however, it was not meant to be. SHS’s team, which consisted of up to 10 different communities, ran out 5-1 winners.
SHS scored within the first minute followed by a great equaliser from Constable Snape.
The students scored again going into half-time, giving them a one-up lead. In the second half it was all theirs after scoring 3 more goals to win 5-1.
Today’s six-a-side game was presided over by QPS Cross Cultural Liaison Officer Sergeant Jim Bellos and was loyally assisted by Police Liaison Officer Hamza Shale.
School Principal Tracey Cook said the event was a celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity.
“It has become an annual tradition that the culminating activity in our school’s Harmony Week celebrations is a friendly soccer match between the students of Sunnybank State High School and the Queensland Police Service,” she said.
“These events symbolise inclusivity and a genuine sense of belonging and respect for all.”
Ms Cook emphasised the significance that community and togetherness plays within the school.
“One of the core values of Sunnybank State High School is connectedness, during Harmony Week, our students, staff, and community come together and celebrate the richness of our diversity and the sense of belonging we have to our school and wider community,” she said.
This year’s Harmony Day message is ‘everyone belongs,’ a message Sergeant Bellos supported during the presentations.