100 peace poles for 100 years

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AS part of the national Rotary Club’s ‘100downunder’ project, students at Dominic College recently held a peace vigil and ceremony to commemorate the installation of a Peace Pole on the school grounds.

A gift from the Rotary Club of Glenorchy, the pole is an active reminder to think and act in the spirit of peace to all.

It is marked with the words ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’, written in English, palawa kani, Japanese and Hindi.

Rotary Club of Glenorchy representatives Rosie Marine and Cheryl Oborne attended the ceremony and spoke to students of the importance of remembering our past and being ambassadors for peace in the future.

Dominic College is the first school in Tasmania to install a Peace Pole.

It is one of 100 poles to be placed in schools across Australia.

More than 200,000 Peace Poles stand in 200 countries around the world, symbolising the common wish for a world at peace.

The Rotary Club of Canberra invited Rotary Clubs across Australia to consider gifting a Peace Pole to their local school, so long as the school had visited Canberra’s Peace Bell.

Dominic College year six students visited and rang the bell during their recent visit to Canberra.

“The year six Canberra trip is a much anticipated and diverse learning experience for our students,” Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said.

“The additional opportunity to visit Nara Park and the Peace Bell was a memorable and moving experience for them.

“They were invited to consider the consequences of war and the importance of peace now and into the future.”

Peace Bells stand as a symbol for people to unite in hopes and prayers for peace, as well as to remind all of the cruelty of war and the preciousness of peace for the generations to come.

Now that the Peace Pole is installed, Dominic students will participate in an annual Peace Ceremony.

Caption: From left, Cheryl Oborne and Rosie Marine, from the Rotary Club of Glenorchy, with Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan, deputy principal Stephen Casni, and K-6 captains Klay Mustchin and Priyannika Kumrai at the Peace Pole Ceremony.

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