INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Ceremony and lunchtime activities
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
International Day of Peace (held on 21st of September each year) provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace and build a culture of peace wherever we live, work or study. As a UN Global Peace School, it is a significant date to acknowledge and celebrate. As the day was on a Saturday this year, we held our ceremony on Friday 20th of September.

Our ceremony commenced with Aunty Elaine (a Kaurna elder) welcoming us to country with a leaf ceremony. Students then shared peace messages in their language and then as an audience collective. As part of our celebrations this year, we have created Peace Pole to plant in the school grounds, which was presented during the ceremony. A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognised symbol that is dedicated as a monument to peace. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles in nearly every country of the world. Each Peace Pole bears the message "May Peace Be on Earth" in different languages on each of its sides. Our Peace Pole has this message in Chinese, Vietnamese, Persian, Swahili, Arabic, Thai, Urdu and English, which are common languages of our students.

The audience was then serenaded by Andy Salvanos' calming music on the Chapman Stick. The ceremony concluded with an interactive body percussion activity reflecting the sounds of a rainforest as a way to come together in harmony and peace, and reflecting on this year's theme of Climate Action.

After the ceremony, students enjoyed an array of peace-building and festive activities such as yoga, meditation, henna, bracelet-making, origami, giant games, chai tea and cultural music. There was a peaceful energy in the school as everyone partook in the activities.

A heartfelt thank you to all staff and students who gave their time, energy and support into the various activities on the day.

May peace be on earth.
Credits
  • AuthorAbi Catchlove
  • Date24-Sep-19
  • CategoriesTerm3