Last week was Peace Week in Primary, inspired by International Peace Day which was Thursday,  September 21st. Students were asked what they will do to make peace on International Peace Day.

IICS students at Hisar and Marmara Campuses started the IICS Peace Week by painting pebbles to make a peace walk. At Marmara the peace walk is a sweet little loop passing a vegetable garden, pine trees, wildflowers and lovely views on our Marmara campus. Hisar students are creating their peace sensory path.

Marmara students also folded origami paper cranes and are working on a chain of 1000 cranes, inspired by Sadako Sasaki’s story. All students explored peace through literacy.  Books and stories about friendship and kindness inspired the children to write their own words about peace. Students at Hisar explored peace themed poetry, capturing in words what peace means to them. Along with this they explored the many symbols of peace with chalk graffiti at play and classroom lessons.

On Thursday September 21, our students in both campuses had a Moment of Silence for peace at the same time with their peers around the world. Older students at Marmara made their peace pledges after the Moment of Silence, while younger students made peace flags.

Hisar students ended the IICS Peace Week with a very exciting Grade 2 Bake Sale for the Syrian Refugee Outreach Group. The students raised an amazing 1,489TL that will go towards our Secondary Syrian Outreach Group, led by Ms Hina Hashimi. The Grade 2 students have been busy learning about conflict resolution in their Unit of Inquiry. They have been taking action to raise awareness for those in conflict.  They have also been busy creating a Peace Club on the playground to support peer conflict resolution.

We are very proud of our caring students.

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