Peace and conservation focus
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.