Year 11 make paper cranes in their RP lesson

Friday 1 May 2015

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Year 11 made paper cranes in their RP lesson this week. They have been studying the topic of War & Peace, specifically Weapons of Mass Destruction. The dropping of Atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 has had long lasting consequences in many ways. We looked at the story of Sadako Sasaki who was only 2 years old when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. She was unharmed at the time but later in life, along with many others, developed Leukaemia as a result of the radiation. Her friends told her of a legend: that if a sick person makes a thousand paper cranes they will get better. Sadako made her thousand cranes, and sadly did not get better. The friends set up fund-raising schemes to have a memorial put up to Sadako and all others who were affected by the bombs.In 1958 they achieved their goal. The children’s Peace Monument is in the Peace Park in Hiroshima right on the spot where the bomb was dropped. People who visit, including world leaders, are reminded of the terrible damage that nuclear weapons can do and encouraged to find peaceful ways of settling disputes.

Making these cranes will be a reminder of the terrible consequences of Nuclear weapons. Well done year 11 – a tricky task made easier by the help of some of our boarders and a YouTube demonstration!