Solihull schools plants Peace Pole - The Solihull Observer

Solihull schools plants Peace Pole

Solihull Editorial 2nd Jul, 2024   0

A PAIR of Solihull Schools have planted Peace Poles following a successful campaign introduced by Heart of England Rotary.

Greswold Primary School in Solihull and Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England Primary School in Temple Balsall are among the latest recipients to be handed the Poles as part of a drive by Rotary to tackle the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

The presentation at Greswold was attended by Rotarians, the headteacher Karen Scott and several teachers and members of the School Council, prompting many questions about the origins of the Peace Pole movement.

Karen said: “Grewsold’s Peace Pole is well known to all. It is used as a place of sanctuary and calmness, where pupils visit, particularly at breaktimes, to be mindful.

“The future plan is to build a friendship bench around it so it becomes a place where pupils can seek out a buddy to play with or there is someone there to talk to if needed.”

At Lady Katherine Leveson School, the Poles was installed in the prayer corner and attended by the headteacher Neil Kitching and pupils.

Neil said: “The Peace Pole in the prayer garden is well used by children, providing them with a tangible symbol to gather around as they learn and practice the principles of harmony and respect in our school and the wider world.

“The Pole often has a group of children gathered round, with children, where their native language is not English, who are happily explaining to their friends, what the different characters mean.

“In a world that can sometimes be unpredictable, the Peace Pole in our school’s prayer garden stands as a gentle beacon of hope and steadiness for our children who use it as a place for quiet contemplation and unity.”

A Peace Pole is also on its way to Tudor Grange Primary Academy Langley. They have been planted in schools and community gardens throughout the West and East Midlands.

Made from recyclable materials, the Poles give a powerful message ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth,’ which can be conveyed in eight languages, reflecting the school/ community in which they are planted. Braille can also be included.

The idea originated in Japan in the wake of the destruction wrought by the Second World War and the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was adopted by the World Peace Society Charity and became accepted by the UN as a one of the accepted International Symbols of Peace.

Rotary’s peace project co-ordinator, Margaret Morley, said: “I have been overwhelmed with the way the project has taken, off and feel so proud that Rotary is proving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

“Schools really see the value as they use as part of their Peace Education Curriculum and the younger we start to encourage children to think about peace and solving conflict without violence, the better, especially in today’s society.

“They have also become used as an area for children to be able to reflect. Peace Gardens, Areas of Tranquility/Refelection are so good for the mental wellbeing of young people. This also encourages environmental and creative projects.

“The Peace Pole is a constant reminder that we are working together to create a caring and compassionate society. Children love them, ceremonies can be planned around them to encourage a culture of peace within the school.”


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