Australia Day Jan 26th

Australia Day Jan 26th
National Days

With so many different nationalities in school we are very lucky to be able to celebrate a huge variety of national days. Term 2 is usually a busy time for the kitchens, as we celebrate our truly international and multicultural student population with not one but five national days!

Australia iconAnd while we can't be together on the first of these, Australia Day which falls on Tuesday 26th January this year, we still wanted to give a shout out to all our Aussie friends who will be celebrating at home!

What is Australia Day? Australia Day marks the anniversary of the first fleet of 11 British ships arriving at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by the Governor Arthur Phillip.

Modern day celebrations include the Australian of the Year award, the announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses by the Governor-General and Prime Minister.

Communities usually celebrate with outdoor concerts, community BBQ’s, sports competitions and fireworks, though this year, with the pandemic still ongoing festivities will likely be reduced.

Kitchen team with Australia flagIn previous years we have celebrated in school by displaying the Australian Flag and serving some typical Australian ‘tucker. Our Primary School students have enjoyed:

- Beef pie with mashed potato and green peas

- Aussie chicken burger with fries

- Pesto and potato pasta with green beans

While the older students at EP tucked into:

- Grilled chicken breast with BBQ glaze, roasted rosemary and salad

- Fish with lemon, butter and caper sauce, mashed potato and grilled zucchini

- Mushroom bruschetta with bread and salad

Perhaps you can try some at home instead? Or maybe have some Lamingtons (square-shaped sponge cake coated in chocolate icing and desiccated coconut) for tea or some Vegemite on your toast?

Here's a few memories from previous Australia Day celebrations at school and we hope to see you back on campus and enjoying our kitchen's wonderful meals again soon!

Stay safe everyone!

JB students with Australia Day lunchAustralia Day lunch at JB