St Agnes’ CE Primary Celebrated International Day of Peace
As a part of our work towards our Peace Mala Accreditation, we celebrated International Day of Peace as a whole school. It was a special event which allowed the children the time to reflect on Peace and what it means to them. It also was a time to think about the message of the Peace Mala and how we value the Golden Rule of Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated Yourself.
What is the International Day of Peace?
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. During our special assembly all of the children learnt about the 2018 Peace Day Theme this year which is ‘The Right to Peace’. The theme #peaceday celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.” To learn more you can click here: #standup4humanright is also something that supports our work as a Rights and Respecting School.
It was also a time to reflect as we listened to the speech of ‘Charlie Chaplin’ from a film in 1940, in which he talks about the speed of life at the time, such as the invention of the radio and the aeroplane causing man (as in humans) to forget their love for all and focus more on their own needs, leading to greed and violence. We thought about putting the needs of others first, the impact of our behaviour on others and ensuring that we impact positively on everyone that we meet.
In this special assembly, we also named our 6 new Peace Mala Ambassadors from Year 5. These children released a balloon with our Year 6 Peace Mala Ambassadors for the six major faiths of the world. Attached on these balloons was a message from our children to spread our hope for peace. We have asked whoever finds them to messages us at school, so we can see how far our ‘Peace Mala Messages of Peace’ have travelled!
Here are some images from the day: