Peace in the world ‘starts in our hearts’

Published on: 04 Nov 2015

CHILDREN at The Tynings School had an unexpected bonus when they took part in a project week with the theme of Peace.
They based it on a book called Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin, who was so delighted to be chosen that she agreed to take part in a web conference – from her home Massachusetts in the United States.
Head teacher Ashley Yates said: “Wendy said we had made her day. She spoke ‘live’ online to one of our Year 3 classes and taught them how to ‘draw’ peace. The children loved it and were really buzzing from the lesson. The fact it was early morning for her and mid afternoon for us fascinated them!”
Mr Yates said the theme for the week had been chosen because of the messages children are seeing on the news about conflict around the world.
“We explored what peace meant to us, then each class considered peace in different contexts, from   peace in the world, through peace in our neighbourhoods right down to peace in our hearts.
“It finished with a Peace Trail around the school where each class displayed what they had been learning. Visitors were shown round the peace trail by our school councillors and house captains and vice captains and all visitors and children gathered in the school hall at the end of the day to sing some songs of peace together.”
Mr Yates said many of the visitors had been impressed with the trail.
“In these manic modern days it’s so good to think about Peace,” said one. “If the children taken only a small part of what they’ve learnt about peace, it will be a much better world,” another commented.

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