International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace is a United Nations-sanctioned remembrance day observed annually on 21st September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1981, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people. In 2013 the day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.
This year the theme is Shaping Peace Together. Celebrate the International Day of Peace by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together.
Our students wrote:
The International Day of Peace, sometimes known as World Peace Day, is an annually observed holiday of non-violence and cease-fire held on the 21st September. The UN devoted this day as a reminder to everyone about the horrors of conflict and to strengthen the ideals of world peace. In the midst of a global pandemic, it has become even more fundamental and clear that we should be uniting to fight against this virus and not each other.
As heads of Real3, we are excited to spread the message that this year's International Day of Peace is dedicated to collecting ideas and hearing everyone's voices and views in this unprecedented time. We pride ourselves here at Calthorpe Park, knowing that we are a Rights Respecting School and are here to uphold the fact that every voice should be valued and heard. It should be a day of focused reflection and sharing. Even though we may not all be able to physically stand next to each other at this point in time, it does not stop us standing with each other to make a difference and aspire together.
Maddie and Issy ( Student Heads of Real3 )
Please watch this video link if you would like to learn more.
Rosh Hashanah is Jewish New Year. It is celebrated on the first and second day of the seventh month of the Jewish religious year. This year, Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset on Friday, 18 September and will continue until nightfall on Sunday, 20 September. A Shofar (a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn) may be played in the synagogue, symbolising a call for repentance. A big feast will be eaten and symbolically apples and honey are eaten to symbolise the hope for a sweet and happy new year.
Click on the video to find out more about Rosh Hashanah.
L’Shanah Tovah! (Have a good year!)