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Peace One Day

Yesterday and this morning during Chapel, we marked Peace Day and a presentation was shown to pupils depicting some of the issues surrounding the current refugee crisis.

Watch the trailer to 'The Day After Peace' which introduces Jeremy Gilley's 10-year journey to establish Peace One Day in the lives of everyone and create an annual and global Peace Day.


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Our pupils Amy Newing, Abdullah Ababtain and Emily Hollands provided a wonderful recital of a poem by a Syrian refugee, Elissar Sarih (pictured above), titled Cry for Help and Emily also presented one of her own poems, written about this theme. Further insightful and heartfelt poems by Syrian refugees and Lebanese pupils, including the 2013/14 winner of the Peace Poetry Competition, were also read by David Shodunke, Masha Orlova and Sophie Dedman. To finish the service, Kyky Ababtain said a prayer in Arabic which was translated for everyone to understand and enjoy.

Listen to the 2013/14 Winner of the Peace Poetry Competition reading their poem at the bottom of this article

Farringtons pupils have been asked to write a poem on the theme of ‘Home’ or ‘Peace’ in response to the refugee crisis as part of a sponsored competition. All submissions should be received by Mr Coulthard in the English Department by 02 November 2015

This is an international poetry competition, setup by Mrs Razii-Ryall - MFL teacher and International Consultant for Bromley Cluster of Schools. Schools such as St Olave's, Newstead Wood and Langley Girls, as well as other primary and secondary schools, including ones from Lebanon will take part and the poems will be judged under 3 categories and the winners will be published online:

  1. Local Secondary
  2. Primary
  3. EAL Pupils

Pupils have also been asked to design a postcard under the theme ‘Peace’ which will be used for Christmas cards, to be sold and the proceedings given to a refugee charity of our pupils’ choice – such as UNICEF or ‘UNHCR’ (United Nation’s High Commission of Refugees). All submissions should be received by Mrs Allen in the Art Department by 02 November 2015