Ukrainian Sunflower Peace Garden
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Ukrainian Sunflower Peace Garden
At lunchtime on Thursday 8 September, our school community joined with members of the Ukrainian community to open our Ukrainian Sunflower Peace Garden on the eastern perimeter of the college grounds.

The garden, along with a series of infographic posters, has been created by SACE Stage 2 Peace Studies students to build awareness about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The garden features 14 metal sunflowers which were fabricated at the college with the help of TSC Design and Technology staff.

As part of the ceremony, students Saima, Bun Ly and Iftu explained that each sunflower represents 1 million displaced Ukrainians. They also explained the cultural significance of the sunflowers, as the national flower of Ukraine. This sunflower garden will remain as a reminder to the Thebarton community of our ongoing commitment to peace, in Ukraine and all nations of the world.

As the opening of the garden coincided with our Student Voice Culture and Identity Day celebrations, Ukrainian students Natasha, Lisa and Volodymry used this event to share aspects of their culture. This included music, a traditional tapestry display, traditional outfits, as well as, Ukrainian 'Mlyntsi' pancakes (which were a crowd favourite).

One of the most heartfelt moments of the ceremony was when the Ukrainian Association School Community Choir performed several Ukrainian folk songs. Organiser Diane Howath offered the following words:

"It was a wonderful experience for the volunteer staff and students who attend the Ukrainian Association school to be able to visit Thebarton Senior College and to be greeted with such warmth and respect. It was a heart-warming way for displaced Ukrainians from various sections of Ukraine to connect together and continue to build their sense of community in Adelaide."

Thank you to the Stage 2 Peace Studies students, and all members of the college community who supported them bringing their vision into fruition. For those students who wish to become more actively involved in our UN Global Peace School charter, please consider enrolling in Peace Studies as a SACE subject option in 2023.
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  • AuthorAndrew Herraman
  • Date16-Sep-22
  • CategoriesTerm3