From Ruther­glen to Japan 1000 pa­per birds with love

Burn­side P7s learn about Hiroshima tragedy and in­spir­ing girl

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Young­sters from a Ruther­glen pri­mary school will this sum­mer send 1,000 origami cranes to Japan in a sym­bol of peace after learn­ing about an in­spi­ra­tional girl in­volved in the atomic bomb.

The P7 class at Burn­side Pri­mary School were in­tro­duced to atomic bomb vic­tim Sadako Sasaki as part of their Japan topic which has cov­ered ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory and so­cial stud­ies.

The young­sters, aged 10 and 11, learned that Sadako sur­vived the atomic bomb only to be ex­posed to ra­di­a­tion and de­velop leukaemia at the age of 11.

Fol­low­ing Ja­panese le­gend, the lit­tle girl folded 1,000 origami pa­per cranes in the hope she would be granted one wish.

She died on Oc­to­ber 25, 1955, and was buried with 1,000 pa­per cranes made by her class­mates.

A sym­bol of peace, Sadako has in­spired Burn­side young­sters to make 1,000 pa­pers cranes to sit at the Chil­dren’s Peace Mon­u­ment in Peace Memo­rial Park.

They will be sent to Hiroshima this sum­mer, along with let­ters from stu­dents ad­dressed to the city’s mayor.

Eleven-year-old Katie, whose let­ter to the Hiroshima mayor features on this week’s let­ters page, said: “I en­joyed learn­ing about Sadako’s story be­cause it’s very in­spi­ra­tional. I also liked learn­ing about the Hiroshima bomb be­cause it made me think about the dan­gers of nu­clear weapons.”

P7 teacher Jen­nifer Edel­sten said: “As this was a highly emo­tive and sen­si­tive theme, I used the story of Sadako mak­ing the origami pa­per cranes in or­der to ex­plore the is­sue of the atomic bomb as her story pro­motes a mes­sage of peace and hope.

“Her story re­ally en­gaged the class and the class were very keen to send their peace cranes to Hiroshima in Sadako’s me­mory.

“Chil­dren all over the world send these cranes to Japan as a sym­bol of peace.

“This pro­ject looks at global cit­i­zen­ship and fits in with the mes­sages we try to pro­mote within the school.

“The pa­per cranes that were cre­ated as part of the pro­ject will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Memo­rial and some will re­main in the school as a way of re­mem­ber­ing the cur­rent P7s.”

An in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­ject, the Japan topic saw P7s do paint­ings in­spired by Ja­panese land­scape as they were in­tro­duced to Ja­panese tra­di­tions, cul­ture and food.

They made sushi, were taught to use chop­sticks, did Taiko drum­ming and sang Ja­panese songs, whilst also learn­ing about nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, the Ja­panese lan­guage and school rou­tines.

To read Burn­side pupils’ let­ters to the mayor of Hiroshima turn to page 34.

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Memo­rial Burn­side P7 class with the 1,000 pa­per cranes that will be sent to the Chil­dren’s Peace Memo­rial in Hiroshima

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