T4P Testimonies: Schools
Some feedback from schools’ previous involvement in Together for Peace programmes, to get you inspired! Click on the hyperlinked names to get in touch with the organisers and to find out more…
We used the Christmas Peace Assembly in our carol service at St Mary’s Church at Boston Spa which was led by the Rev Peter Bristow. The school choir which had taken part in the Yamsen Carol Concert in the Town Hall sang “No wars will stop us singing” whilst holding a banner on which they had painted a selection of words for peace in different languages which you had provided. Rev Bristow reminded everyone about troubled areas in the world including Bethlehem itself. In another part of the service senior students were interviewed and asked questions about Christmas again to highlight the problems there are in the world and how we can help by getting involved in schemes such as the Samaritan’s purse and the shoeboxes. We enjoyed some lovely Christmas activities at school as part of a caring community, working together and sharing experiences and the Together for Peace information helped us focus for a time on
others who live in more difficult circumstances.
Jean Fellowes, West Oaks School
We enjoyed linking with another school as part of ‘Peace of Me’. The children loved reading the booklets the other school sent and learning about how similar and different a school so close can be.
Jane Hallan & Bridget Tayan, Moor Allerton Hall Primary School
We train “blue caps” as playtime and lunchtime mediators to help staff with more minor problems. We have had anti-bullying competitions and designed a logo. We are designing a mural from tiles with anti-bullying messages on them. The children sand the song ‘No Wars Will Stop Us Singing” and think it is great and really moving!
Pauline Quick, Manston Primary School
We have found Together for Peacce an excellent platform for tackling many of the issues we want our children to be aware of. The assemblies are well planned and work very successfully and it fits well alongside the work we are doing with our partner schools abroad. We have a Canenius 1 project which is now in its second year and we also have a link with a school in Hangzha.
Bramley Primary School
We used the Peace of Me assembly on July 7th. We thought about ‘Peace’ within our work on Remembrance Sunday – we used expresso resources and web links.
Pudsey Bolton Royd Primary School
We use Together for Peace to support all our work with Stephen Lawrence Education Standard, Leeds Healthy Schools Standard, Inclusion, Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning and Every Child Maters. It all seems to link in. Every coordinator is aware of these but Together for Peace seems to underpin all of them. It is our focus for our multi-cultural week.
Helen Johnson, West End Primary School
The peace poetry competition was an excellent opportunity for discussion and expression of ideas. The materials have supported and broadened what we do in school. Parents were particularly moved by the song for peace.
Amanda Byron, Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School