83. Bungendore Public School
Pole 83 of 100 Bungendore Public School joins Rotary 100 peace pole project.
Bungendore has joined more than 100 Australian schools in installing over 100 peace poles in time for the centenary of Rotary in Australia in April 2021. The Bungendore Rotary Peace Pole was unveiled on 10 December 2020 by Principal, Narelle Lloyd and President of the Rotary Club of Bungendore, Darren Kaehne.
Mrs Lloyd said that the school will also be building a peace garden around the Rotary Peace Pole over the next year, to create a place of peace and a reminder for all to think and act in the spirit of peace.
During the ceremony the words written by the Chinese philosopher Laozi over 2500 years ago were read:
“If there is to be peace in the world there must be peace between nations
If there is to be peace between nations, there must be peace in the cities
If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbours
If there is to be peace between neighbours, there must be peace in the home
If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.”
The peace pole movement was started in Japan in1955 by the visionary Masahisi Goi. He was greatly affected by the World War ll atomic bombing that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and killed half a million of his fellow Japanese. After the war, he spent his life spreading the message of ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ as a means of promoting thoughts of peace in all who silently say the words as they read them on those silent sentinels. There are more than 250,000 peace poles planted in over 200 countries worldwide carrying this message in many languages.
In addition to the message in English, the other sides of the pole have peace messages in Ngunnawal, Ngambri-Ngunnawal, and Wiradjuri, in recognition of the traditional owners of the land and the heritage of a number of Bungendore students.
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