Peace cen­tre ex­pe­ri­ence for Academy stu­dents

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STU­DENTS from The Manch­ester Cre­ative and Me­dia Academy took part in res­i­den­tial ex­pe­ri­ence at The Peace Cen­tre in War­ring­ton.

The cen­tre is part of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foun­da­tion, a char­ity that works na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for peace, set up in mem­ory of both boys who trag­i­cally lost their lives in the War­ring­ton bomb 25 years ago.

Stu­dents from the academy have been se­lected to be part of the flag­ship ‘THINK’ project which en­ables young peo­ple to fur­ther de­velop their lead­er­ship skills along­side their knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing around val­ues, be­liefs and the man­age­ment of con­flict so that they can bring these skills into their ev­ery­day lives and for the ben­e­fit of their com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing the res­i­den­tial, stu­dents com­pleted a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to in­crease their lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and which also en­abled them to be­come more aware of what con­flict res­o­lu­tion is and its im­por­tance in so­ci­ety.

On the fi­nal day, stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to visit the ‘River of Life’ memorial which was built in mem­ory of all those af­fected by the War­ring­ton Bomb. It was a par­tic­u­larly poignant visit as it is the 25th year an­niver­sary this month.

Stu­dents from the academy are now work­ing on a range of ac­tiv­i­ties that they plan to de­liver both within the school and across the wider com­mu­nity to raise aware­ness in oth­ers of the im­por­tance of lis­ten­ing, em­pa­thy and con­flict man­age­ment.

Stu­dent Elouise John­son, who took part in the project, said: “Our academy teaches us a lot about the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ties, so it has been great to be a part of this project.

“I am ex­cited to be able to share the im­por­tant mes­sages with oth­ers and to bring about pos­i­tive change.’

Sandy Fid­dler, as­sis­tant head­teacher who is lead­ing the project, added: “It is a plea­sure to work along­side such mo­ti­vated and cre­ative young peo­ple who want to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their com­mu­ni­ties both now and in the fu­ture.”

A foun­tain at The Peace Cen­tre in War­ring­ton.

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