Peace and con­ser­va­tion fo­cus

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

The 30th an­niver­sary of New Zealand’s Nu­clear Free Zone Act is ap­proach­ing and a Toko­roa school is hop­ing to show the is­sue is still just as rel­e­vant to­day.

David Henry School is one of 124 schools around the world reg­is­tered to take part in the Peace Foun­da­tion’s Schools’ Peace Week from Au­gust 7-11.

This year it co­in­cides with the 30th an­niver­sary of New Zealand’s Nu­clear Free Zone Act.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Naima Placid be­lieves it is im­por­tant for the stu­dents to be aware of it.

She said it was partly about al­low­ing se­nior stu­dents to voice their opin­ions.

‘‘We’ll be look­ing at Hiroshima and the Rain­bow War­rior and the ef­fects things like that have had and songs like Imag­ine to help them think about words as well.’’

She said dur­ing the week a range of ac­tiv­i­ties will be on of­fer for all age lev­els.

Those ac­tiv­i­ties may in­clude writ­ing let­ters to For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Gerry Brown­lee, mak­ing posters and flags with nu­clear free mes­sages, and mak­ing peace lanterns.

Placid said com­bin­ing learn­ing about con­ser­va­tion with peace made sense as they of­ten go hand in hand.

‘‘With con­ser­va­tion, we are start­ing off lo­cal so we are go­ing to be vis­it­ing the com­mu­nity gar­dens and then spend an af­ter­noon beau­ti­fy­ing our school look­ing at our en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she said.

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