This article was written by staff at Thorndale Elementary School in Pierrefonds. Why not try out their "Thorndale Hug" idea at your school?
Thorndale Elementary School in Pierrefonds is a wonderful place to be. The sense of community and warmth has been commented upon many times by staff and visitors alike. We are proud members of Peaceful Schools International and we try to live up to the mission of PSI, and we continue to build our reputation as a peaceful place of learning.
This year we have been busy. Our Peace Pal team did a great job promoting peer mediation throughout the grade levels. We raised money for Haiti relief, made community Christmas baskets, organised some aid for Africa via our principal and our kindergarten teachers. We raised $600 dollars for one of our pastoral animators to organise the building of a well in a remote village in India.
Most recently we created the "Thorndale Hug". Each student made a paper hand print with their name and a word which signified peace for them. The whole school gathered outside in the shape of a heart all holding posters showing their "helping hands".
Our friend and PSI mentor Judy grant came in last week and created an art project with grade 5 students, celebrating religious and cultural diversity. The crafts were displayed both on our peace tree at school and at the peace tree at the school board offices.
So, all in all, another great year at Thorndale school. We wish everyone in the Lester B Pearson community a very happy, relaxing and peaceful Summer!