Bootham School students will mark International Peace Day on 21st September with a silent witness demonstration along the School frontage facing the main road of Bootham. Students from both the Senior School and from Year 6 at Bootham Junior School will take turns to stand behind the giant 30 foot banner as a mark of solidarity with those involved in various peace initiatives throughout the world.
Meanwhile, throughout the day there will be various peace related themes running through the teaching timetable with ‘PEACE ONE DAY’ as the focus. The day will culminate with a pinwheel decorated Peace Tree in the grounds of the School.
Newly arrived Headmaster, Chris Jeffery, said:
The theme of peace has rarely been more topical, given current world events, but for us at Bootham, peace is also about the way we live our lives and the positive approach we encourage in the resolution of conflict.
Disagreements are a natural part of the human condition; it’s how we go about resolving our differences which marks out the Quaker approach we try to model here. Strongly held views are encouraged, but the lesson for our students is to hear and respect the opinions of others, and in so doing to learn the skills of negotiation which leads to the peaceful resolution of conflict.