On August 6th at 8.15 in 1945, The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and three days later on Nagasaki. These are the only atomic bombs used by any country.
Japan remembers this day, holding a Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima to remember the 140,000 people who died after the atomic bomb was dropped, in the hope that nuclear weapons will never be used again.
It seemed a timely opportunity to revisit the inspirational story of Sadako who was two when the bomb was dropped and passed away as a young 12 year old from radiation sickness.
We chose to focus on peace in our art lessons and we talked about friendships, acceptance, diversity and building bridges.
Some students chose to make some huge peace cranes, painting them and adding wonderful colour, some writing "peace on their wings to spread peace all over the world" ....just as Sadako intended.
Some students collected stones from our Discovery Garden and created some "peace stones" to place in our Peace Garden .
A symbolic gesture...reaching a hand of friendship out to others.
These seats are part of our Peace Garden. They are our Friendship Seats.
Wouldn't it be fabulous.................maybe this generation???