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This Half Terms Value: Peace
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our value this half term is ‘Peace’. Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the middle of all of these things and yet, to find calm and quiet and gentleness in your heart and to carry on with your life - this is the real meaning of peace.”
We hope that you and your family will join with us as we promote this value in school.
PEACE REFLECTION POINTS:
· Peace is more than the absence of war.
· Peace is living in harmony and not fighting with others.
· If everyone in the world were peaceful, this would be a peaceful world.
· Peace is being quiet inside.
· Peace is a calm and relaxed state of mind.
· “Peace must begin with each one of us. Through quiet and serious reflection on its meaning, new and creative ways can be found to foster understanding, friendships and cooperation among all peoples.”
Why don’t you try these values activities at home?
1) Look at the symbols of peace and talk about them. Why do you think they represent peace?
Dove – The dove has been a symbol of peace from ancient times; it was used by the Greeks and in ancient Japan. Christianity adopted the dove as a symbol of God the Holy Spirit, who brings the gift of peace.
Olive branch – The olive branch is also an ancient symbol of peace from Greece. Winners at the Olympic Games used to be given wreaths made of olive leaves and branches. In the story of Noah in the Bible the dove was sent out to find land and eventually she came back with an olive branch in her beak, indicating new life and a fresh start. Some flags in the world have an olive branch on them that represents peace.
Rainbow – Again in the story of Noah, God put a rainbow in the sky to indicate his promise never again to destroy the world. Rainbows are like bridges that bring people together.
Handshake – Shaking hands is a very ancient symbol for peace, as it shows that the people shaking hands are not holding weapons.
Inner peace is often forgotten. Not only is yoga the perfect indoor exercise activity for young children, it helps build peace from the inside out! Yoga builds muscle strength, promotes concentration, and teaches the child the importance of physical exercise. This is also a healthy outlet for children with “extra energy”.
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