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May Peace Prevail on Earth : a project between the Rotary Club of Lancaster and the Lancaster Girls Grammar School

Posted on : 22-10-2016 | By : Allan | In : News



May Peace Prevail on Earth :
a project between the Rotary Club of Lancaster and the Lancaster Girls Grammar School

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School held a special ceremony in the school’s Pear Tree gardens on September 22nd 2016 to dedicate a Peace Pole donated by the Rotary Club of Lancaster

As the sun shone through the trees, LGGS pupils, the Head Mrs. Jackie Cahalin ,staff and governors were joined by Rotary Club members as well as staff and pupils from Ellel School RotaKids group in a ceremony which highlighted the Grammar School’s diverse and inclusive community. Guests enjoyed reflections and poetry from Year 8 pupils Emma, Emily and Emil. Year 7 and 8 pupils then joined together to say May Peace Prevail on Earth in a wide variety of languages spoken by pupils at the school including Hindi, Arabic, Gujarati, Malayalam, Russian, German and French.
“Dedicating a Peace Pole with its message of ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ expresses our common wish for a world at peace. The languages on each pole reflect the population it serves and so a peace pole grows as its local community grows when more and more languages in local use are added to it”. George Chadwick President Lancaster Rotary Club.
Thanks was expressed to the Rotary Club of Rendsburg for their generous contribution to this project. Thanks are also due to Myerscough College – Alex McKelvie advised on and sourced the 2 meter beech pole , organize the milling and transport of the wood from its location in the County. The pole itself has a rotary logo at the top of each side – that facing east carries the name of the rotary club of Rendsburg in recognition of their support. Peace poles were set up after the Second World War, with over 200,000 in place all over the world

The Peace Pole dedication ceremony took place during LGGS’s international week, a week when languages and all aspects of international culture are celebrated including an international food festival. The Peace Pole has been placed in a quiet space in the school’s grounds, where pupils can reflect and think about the importance of world peace. Members of the School’s gardening club together with colleagues from the Rotary Club have now planted over 1500 crocuses round the tree in commemoration of the fight against world polio.
.Mrs Jackie Cahalin
Prof George Chadwick

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