GERMANY,H.I.S. Heidelberg International School

JulianWe welcome designs from the Grade 3 class in the H.I.S. Heidelberg International School in Germany. This first picture has been painted by Julian Heisler whose expression for peace involves the planting of peace flowers.

We all wish for peace because peace is a scene of family time. No fighting. Just quiet time to relax.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Peace rising above a bombing war zone.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because in war no body wins and people just die. Peace spreads around the world sending friendship and quiet.

The first picture above has been created by Alex and the second jointly by Ella Vielhaber and Isabella Hankins.

Alex wrote: We all wish for peace because everyday lots of people die and we don’t want that.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

A war being fought with Peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because nobody likes dying.

Ella and Isabella say: We all wish for peace because peace is loving, caring and respectful. And we want those things.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Hoping that the world will be peaceful.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because everyone could get along and live in one spot without having to move to a different country.

Oliver Mylon and Jennifer Lee wrote: We all wish for peace because everyday thousands and thousands of people in war die. The world is not in peace, not even close.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

That the real fighter planes would drop out flowers not bombs.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace could save millions of lives and if the world just keeps getting worse more and more people will die.

Tatsuki Yamamoto who painted the second design above says: We all wish for peace because peace makes us free.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Flowers are better than war. Peace is better than war. War is bad and dark.

Why do you think peace is important?

Children can grow up safely. They can go to school. Their future will be good.

Next we have, We love peace. It’s fun! by Ryan Elgihani and Laura Kloeve.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

A man shooting fireworks and a rainbow over a unicorn.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because peace is good and war is bad.

Amir How and Amir Alberg jointly created the adjoining design. We all wish for peace because we will be helping each other and we will have some relaxing life without any war.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

That war was a horrible thing.

Why do you think peace is important?

Because if there was no peace the world would be chaos.

Vivienne Cox wrote: We all wish for peace because it will make the world a better place for all living things to live in.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

Making a war setting with a small amount of peace in it and enough peace to hopefully make a change to someone.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important because no one will get hurt, nothing will get destroyed.

For the next design Evan wrote: We all wish for peace because ones peace comes from inside, it is what shows a person for who they are. This sense is often lost in times of war which is why it is often easy to miss it. So in a larger sense that is why you have to keep it and protect as well as you can. Otherwise the world will become hate and turmoil just as so many countries have been eroded away by it.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

My picture shows a moral. In war love is most important. But it also shows something else; sometimes technology evolves faster than the time it takes for the world to recover.

Why do you think peace is important?

If peace was something of the past, what do you think would happen? What would we learn was wrong or right? Peace helps us learn whether we need to change something. Without peace we would not evolve or adapt, we would be the same always.

 The above design has been painted by May whose quote reads: We all wish for peace so we don’t kill each other.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

So we can live in peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

So we can have lots of plants and trees for air.

The final piece of art has been done by Christopher who wrote:We all wish for peace because war can kill us.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

How hard it is to keep peace.

Why do you think peace is important?

Living creatures everywhere can live happily.

A massive thank you to Prudence Boulter, Grade 3 Classroom Teacher and to all of the children in Class 3 for their lovely artistic paintings. Additional thanks to Allyn Raw, Deputy Director, Primary School Principal for coordinating the 2016 project for Germany.

German Flag Meaning:
The colours black, red and gold have been associated with Germany since the middle ages, but the current German flag colours are traced back to early 19th century volunteers, who fought for the country in the Napoleonic wars. The colours are based on the soldiers’ uniforms which were black coats with red braid and gold buttons.

The colours of the German flag now represent the unification of Germany.

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Malta, Marsaskala Primary Stride for Truce

From the Marsaskala Primary School in Malta we have received their YouTube video of the organised event. Well done to everyone involved.

Please check it out here.

 

 

 

Malta, Xewkija Primary School Stride for Truce

Stride for Truce 2016

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Opening Ceremony

 

Wonderful pictures from the Xewkija Primary School in Malta who took part in Stride for Truce 2016.

 

The opening ceremony in Malta consisted of the Olympic song being sung, the doves of peace, a parade which included the carrying of the Olympic flame and rings.

 

 Pupils then took part in both the Stadion and Diaulos races.

 

The closing ceremony included the presentation of certificates to winners and to all those who participated. This was followed by the national anthems of Greece (birthplace of the Olympic Games),Brazil (2016 host) and Japan (2020 host).

Well done to all the pupils, staff and Head Frankline Zammit Galea for coordinating a wonderful and fun event.

Albania Shkolla NEHEMIA Stride for Truce

STRIDE FOR TRUCE, JUNE 2016

The pupils of Nehemia School, Pogradec, Albania, joyfully joined the peace-loving army of school children all over the world, demonstrating their love for peace through competing fairly in running. Shkolla Nehemia, is a non- public school part of NEHEMIAH GATEWAY ALBANIA non-profit organisation.

Shkolla Nehemia, Albania Stride for Truce 2016
The crowning of those victorious with wild olive leaves in the form of a wreath.

 

“I really thank Zinete Osmani, Klevis Cane, Ermonela Rena for their devotion and responsibility; Rovena Tasellari, Blerina Malasi, Jeta Cano, F. Hasanllari for their support, and Gazi Berberi for the peace-symbol-branches.”

Luiza Besholli, Head of Youth Education.

Thank you to Luiza and everyone from Shkolla Nehemia for bringing this together for Albania.

Albania Flag Meaning:
The eagle is taken from an Albanian folk tale. The eagle faithfully watches over and guides the king or the “son of the eagle.”

UNITED KINGDOM St.Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School

 

Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith

Thank you so much to the students of St. Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School, Manchester UK for taking part in the 2016 Schools’ International Peace Quilt project.

This first design has been drawn by Matthew Smith age 8 from year 3 who wrote: We all wish for peace because we want our world to be happy.

1.  “I think peace is all around the world and when people hold hands it shows the sign of peace.”
2. “I think peace is important because if there was no peace the whole world would always be in war.”
Amelia McCallum

The next drawing has been done by Amelia McCullum age 11.

Amelia says: We all wish for peace because innocent people are dying every day.

Amelia also wrote: “The news was on the telly, and it featured different countries at war.We will end up killing each other until there is no one left in the world.The world will die out because of nuclear bombs and things.”

Thank you to M Hall and all the staff in St. Margaret Mary’s RC Primary School who helped coordinate the project in this school.

British Flag History:
The British flag was adopted on January 1, 1801, making it one of the oldest flags in the world. The first British flag dates back to 1606 when it combined the flags of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. Northern Ireland’s flag of St. Patrick was added in 1801 and completed the flag as we know it today. Wales isn’t represented separately on the flag because it had already been united with England by the time the first flag was formed in 1606.

The British flag’s more common name is the Union Jack.

AZERBAIJAN Khazar University Dunya School

2016 Azerbaijan Peace in picture - Sitara Alizada
Sitara Alizada

From Khazar University Dunya School in Azerbaijan we have received this lovely design created by Sitara Alizada in Grade 3.

Sitara wrote: If we work as a team there will be peace and love everywhere.

Thank you to Sitara who incidently produced this design in one day for the 2016 art project. Well done.

Appreciation also to Rena Hasanova who helped us coordinate the project for Azerbaijan and without whose help and support we would not have representation for this country.

The flag of Azerbaijan was officially adopted on February 5, 1991.

After gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, this flag, dating back to 1920, was hoisted for all to see. It features three equal horizontal bands of blue, red, and green. A crescent and eight-pointed star, symbols of Islam, are centered in the red band. The country had a long alliance with Turkey, and the blue color has long been associated with the Turkic peoples. Green is said to symbolize the strong European influences on local culture.

 

 

United Kingdom, Ogbourne St. George Primary School

A very well done to the young children of the Ogbourne St. George Primary School in Marlborough, Wiltshire for these lovely designs.

A selection of quotes from the children:

We all wish for peace because its quiet and has no wars.

We all wish for Peace because peace is a very nice thing.

We all wish for peace because it will help people live longer lives and make the world a happy place for everyone.

We all wish for peace because we can have love for the earth

We all wish for Peace because …. if we did not have peace the world would all fall apart.

We all wish for peace is nature by Lawrence.

We all wish for peace because we don’t like war.

This Wiltshire school teaches children to become resilient, responsible, confident learners, able to believe that they can make a difference. It also shares the following common values of Friendship, Integrity, Respect and Effort.

Thank you so much to Amanda Prout for coordinating the SIPQ 2016 project in this school and to all the children who have taken part.

British Flag History:
The British flag was adopted on January 1, 1801, making it one of the oldest flags in the world. The first British flag dates back to 1606 when it combined the flags of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. Northern Ireland’s flag of St. Patrick was added in 1801 and completed the flag as we know it today. Wales isn’t represented separately on the flag because it had already been united with England by the time the first flag was formed in 1606.

The British flag’s more common name is the Union Jack.

THE NETHERLANDS CSG Augustinus

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From the Netherlands we have received this lovely design which has been drawn by Damaris Andrade  age 15. Damaris produced the  drawing with the help of the schools cultural-artistical education teacher Daniëlle Bosman and her English teacher Chantal Laarman.

Damaris says: We all wish for peace because this is the way to happiness.

Damaris went on to answer the following questions:

What was in your mind when you were creating your drawing?
This drawing represents what peace feels like for me. Different cultures live in this world. Together, they form a brotherhood. Racism destroys this brotherhood, but peace unites it.

Why do you think peace is important?
Peace means love and happiness. Without peace you have neither.

A huge thank you to Chantal Laarman and everyone involved from the CSG Augustinus school.

Netherlands Flag Meaning:
The red stripe which was originally orange, along with the white and blue stripes, are based on the heraldic colours (coat of arms) of Prince William of Orange, who led the fight for Dutch independence.

SWEDEN, Stockholm International School

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Sweden

 

Thank you to Raphaelle Schenk aged 16 for this design from the Stockholm International School, Sweden.

Raphaelle’s design reads: We all wish for peace because we want equality

Raphaelle further explains her motivation behind her lovely drawing.

What was on your mind when you were creating your drawing?

I was thinking about a world where everyone is equal. The bird represents equality and freedom.

Why do you think peace is important?

Peace is important internationally because without it, the world would be chaos. Peace allows us to grow together, happily, as individuals and a population.

A heartfelt thank you to Ms Deidre Smith, Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) coordinator grade 11 and to the team of  senior students who helped to organise the project in the Stockholm International School. We are delighted to have young people of Sweden included in the 2016 International Peace Quilt.

Swedish Flag Meaning:
The Swedish flag was officially adopted in 1906 and is made up of a yellow cross on a blue background. The flag is likely based on the flag of Denmark; while the yellow and blue originate from the Swedish Coat of Arms which features three yellow crowns on a blue base. The cross, common to most Scandinavian flags, represents Sweden’s link to the other Scandinavian countries.

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