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Students demonstrate our Core Value - Empathy

A group of students came to see me on yesterday to ask if we could hold a minute’s silence for the people of Christchurch. It took place today at 1200 and was observed impeccably by the students. Please see below the words that were spoken, by myself, over the Public Address system before the minute’s silence commenced.

“Here at St. Peter’s CofE Academy we are a family. Our strap-line is “Every Life Enriched” and through our core values we stand together proudly as one.

At about 1.40pm on Friday 15 March, 50 people were killed in al Noor mosque, and Linwood mosque, in New Zealand, after a gunman opened fire.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has spoken during a vigil today, She referenced The Prophet Mohammed, who said: 'The believers in mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain.'

The Imam from al Noor mosque, said: "We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us. The attacks, last Friday proved that terrorism has no colour, race or religion.

Love will always overcome hate. Make today the day you tell your friends and family you love them, and remember that next Sunday is Mothering Sunday where we acknowledge the person who brought us into the world as an innocent child.

There will now be a one minute silence where as a family we will send our thoughts and prayers for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand and to the people around the world who have been affected by terrorism.

 

God Bless.

Michael Astley - Principal

Friday 22nd March 2019