Press release 22 September: Lessons in Peace

For the third year running, pupils from local schools (St. Christopher’s, Rhosnesni, Hafod y Wern, Brynteg, Holt, Bodhyfryd and Rhosddu) marked World Peace Day at St. Christopher’s school in Hightown, Wrexham on Monday 22 September, exploring the theory and practice of peace through a wide range of lessons, workshops and practical activities.

Rhosnesni High pupils in front of the Free Stall:

01 rhosnesni pupils

While older pupils explored ethical dilemmas in warfare and how the military engages with young people, younger students learned about conscientious objectors in WWI and the lives of children in Afghanistan. Others worked on how to deal with negative feelings, made ‘peace mala’ bracelets, wrote poems and sang songs for peace, talked about climate change,

Brynteg pupils learning about climate change with Clare O’Connor of CAFOD

03 brynteg pupils climate

learned to offer each other massage in the cool shade of the trees outside

04 brynteg pupils massage

and about Sikh seva (selfless service) in the heat of the cookery room. The pupils brought things they no longer needed themselves to put on the free stall and were invited to take anything they could use from it – a practical lesson in abundance through sharing.

Bodhyfryd School Eco-Council see what’s on offer at the Free Stall

02 bodhyfryd eco council

Other activities included making a rainbow collage and peace badges as well as face painting and co-operative games.

Rhosddu pupils playing parachute games at lunchtime

05 rhosddu pupils parachute

At the end of the day, everyone came back together to share what they had learned. We heard the children’s songs and poems, a personal view on the day from a Rhosnesni pupil and the children who had learned about massage showed us how it’s done with a massage circle that filled the sports hall.

06 group massage

Everyone held hands as Philip Main closed the day with a Druid prayer for peace:

We swear by Peace and Love to stand
Heart to heart and hand in hand.
Mark, O spirit and hear us now
Confirming this our sacred vow.
May you each take the Peace with you
And let it radiate to the whole world.

This year, the Peace Day group also offered sessions at Coleg Cambria’s Yale campus where students on public service and health & social care courses today took part in workshops on Women in Afghanistan, ethical dilemmas in warfare, and military engagement with young people.

All the activities above were organised and offered with love and on a voluntary basis by members and friends of Wrexham Peace Day Group, a network of individuals and organisations who come together every year on World Peace Day to hold peace events in town (see separate press release to follow) and in the classroom.

To contact the Peace Day group, email peacedaywrexham@yahoo.co.uk.

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