Pledge to Peace

Did you know that Burnley Brow is a signatory of Oldham’s Peace Pledge?

 As part of Oldham Council’s commitment to building communities and spreading peace, in June 2015 it became the first local authority in the UK to sign a European declaration of Peace.

The Mayor of Oldham, council representatives and volunteers from Peace Talks Oldham signed the “Pledge to Peace” – a commitment to put in place projects and actions promoting a culture of peace. Burnley Brow, as one of the first signatories to the Oldham Peace Pledge, has held an active role on the Oldham Peace Forum since summer 2015. As lead in this project, Mrs Malone this year became one of the trustees for the Peace Forum, and regularly attends the Peace Forum meetings at the Civic Centre to update the Forum on our Peace work and to set in place future projects and actions.

During school assemblies and on Peace Days, our children regularly renew our own school ‘Pledge for Peace’, which reflects what Peace means in our school. We also discuss with the children the importance of Peace in the current world climate, and emphasise that Peace is not merely the absence of conflict; it is something we find within ourselves and something we have to actively pursue and work for in the world around us. We have been pleased to host the previous Oldham Mayor, Cllr Derek Heffernan, who came to share in one of our recent Peace Days at Burnley Brow.

We regularly work on the concept of ‘Peace’ in our curriculum subjects as well as on our regular Peace Days. For example, children make friendship cards, write poems and stories about peace, they role-play how to settle everyday conflicts and focus on kindness and antibullying in our PSHE work. Recently, our School Council have worked on a Playground Buddies project, helping to design a friendship bench and friendship stop which is manned by the councillors and Head and Deputy children to ensure all children at Burnley Brow are included and feel safe and happy at playtimes.

Our Peace Pledge

 

Click below to view the Oldham Peace Times, newsletter of the Oldham Peace Forum. This is a regular publication to inform people and organisations with an interest in working for peace about the Forum and its work:

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