The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, was established by two United Nations Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. Each year, hundreds of students take part in a student observance of Peace Day at the United Nations. The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success. Hanova students have also participated this year, taking part in various “peace activities”. PYP teachers and students at Hanova shared ‘Peace’ stories, books and thoughts. Students participated to an art activity to mark the event by drawing around their hands on white paper, cutting their hand shapes out and then decorated their hands, with pictures, symbols and messages of Peace. Our PYP art teacher Mr. Dylan helped string the hands together to create a Peace String that now hangs in our entrance and lower corridor. Also beautiful origami Peace Cranes were made during Chinese classes and then handed out as a symbol of Peace. If you would like to know more about other peace events you can look up Jeremy Gilley, the filmmaker who started the movement for an international peace day, explains on the Peace One Day web-site www.peaceoneday.com: “As far as I’m concerned, the key to humanity’s survival is intercultural cooperation. More than anything, we must work together to bring about a world in which peace is a realistic possibility.” Our IB philosophy support international mindedness, so we are confident that Peace Day initiatives will develop more and more at Hanova.