July 2014

Mount Roskill Grammar School Honoured for Excellence in Peace Education Leadership
30 July 2014

 
Mount Roskill Grammar School will be presented with an "Excellence in Peace Education Leadership" award by The Peace Foundation on Monday 4 August 2014 at 1.30 pm in the school hall.
 
This presentation is in recognition of the 20 years commitment to the successful implementation of the Peer Mediation Programme and for being a leader in Peace Education for secondary schools throughout New Zealand.  The presentation will also launch Schools’ Peace Week 2014, locally and nationally.  The theme this year is Arts4Peace.
 
Donna Hourigan-Johnston, guidance counsellor at Mount Roskill Grammar School, which has participated in Schools’ Peace Week for the past 10 years, says, “Our 240 Peer Mediators believe Peace Week is important because it spreads the message of peace and kindness throughout the school and is an opportunity for the school to work together as a whole creating a sense of belonging and connection with each other."
 
“During Peace Week, the Peer Mediators plan and organize a number of school activities including assembly presentations, peace songs, peace banners, peace t-shirts, wearing white ribbons, a peace march, random acts of kindness, face painting, and an anti-violence day where there are stalls of different agencies promoting the message that violence is not ok,” she adds.
 


Peace Week encouraging schools to use art for peace
22 July 2014

 
The Peace Foundation is inviting schools all over New Zealand to participate in Schools’ Peace Week, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness about peace education and building peaceful communities.
 
The theme for this year’s Schools’ Peace Week, from 4th-8th August 2014, is ‘Arts4Peace: Design it, Speak it, Sing it, Dance it, Live it’.  The goal with this campaign is to get students motivated in promoting peace with oneself, with others and with the natural environment through fun activities within their school and community. These activities could include drawing, speech, song, dance or any other artistic expression.
 
Participating schools will receive the ‘Peace Week Toolkit for Teachers and Students’, which is a handy guide for teachers and students of primary and secondary schools containing information on this annual event, ideas of activities, and details of all the contests.
 
Donna Hourigan-Johnston, guidance counselor at Mt Roskill Grammar School, which has participated in the annual event for the last 10 years, says, “Our 240 Peer Mediators believe it is important because it spreads the message of peace and kindness throughout the school and is an opportunity for the school to work together as a whole creating a sense of belonging and connection with each other."
 
“During Peace Week, the Peer Mediators plan and organise  a number of school activities including assembly presentations, peace songs, peace banners, peace t-shirts, wearing white ribbons, peace march, random acts of kindness, face painting, and an antiviolence day where there are stalls of different agencies promoting the message that violence is not ok,” she adds.
 
Louise Ely, co-ordinator at Macleans Primary School is delighted to be participating in 2014 Schools’ Peace Week. They have participated for a number of years and their peer mediators really rise to the challenge of organising a fun-filled week that includes an assembly performance, role play of what peer mediation is all about, and peace activities in school and the community. 
 
The culmination of Peace Week is the Peace Symposium for secondary schools on Friday 15th August at the Western Springs Community Garden Hall, Auckland. This is an opportunity for schools around the Auckland region to present their Peace Week activities especially artwork plus song and dance presentations. Guest performers and speakers are also invited to the symposium to inspire the participants with their talent on the topic of the Peace Week theme.
 
This year's Schools' Peace Week is organised by The Peace Foundation in partnership with the Global Future Charitable Trust, and with support from the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund and the Lottery Grants Board.
 
Registrations for the Schools’ Peace Week 2014 can be made with Toby Foster at Toby@peacefoundation.org.nz or call (09) 373 2379 for more information.