UN Peace Day at Masada

September 20, 2011 by Community Editor
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Sydney’s Masada College has hosted the 30th United Nations Peace Day Ceremony.

 

Masada kids show the flags

State MP Nathan Rees MP was among the special guests who attended the event joining the Galstan School, John Therry

NSWJBD CEO Vic Alhadeff lights the flame

Catholic High School, St Ignatius College Riverview and St Pauls Catholic College together with Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff and Masada College President Trevor Lorge.

Masada College Principal Mrs Wendy Barel said “Considering the strong sense of social justice that our students always display it seems appropriate that Masada should host such a day”.

The ceremony celebrated the planting of a peace pole on the grounds of Masada College which the Chair of the Ministry for Peace, Mrs Biannca Pace said, “…links people all over the world who have done the same in the name of peace”. Mrs Pace encouraged the audience to “…give our unique contribution to the world”.

The Hon. Nathan Rees MP spoke of the multicultural theme of the day saying, “We are here today to think about the multiculturalism that we are privileged enough to observe in Australia. We are very lucky in Australia to be marked by a lack of conflict. We live in a country of peace”. He encouraged us to understand the perspective of others who are through no fault of their own experiencing conflict, and that we are in a position to give them a helping hand. He also addressed the students and their personal journeys through to HSC and advised them to “value the opportunity that is their final year, make the most of it and apply yourself…and keep an eye out for those who are doing it tougher than you”.

A flame ceremony also took place with dignitaries and students lighting the common peace flame.

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