St Mary?s Catholic Primary School students at the opening of their new Peace Garden in Bellingen yesterday.
St Mary?s Catholic Primary School students at the opening of their new Peace Garden in Bellingen yesterday.

Garden peace ?the way



WHEN school captain Kate Ryan invited the crowd at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bellingen to join her in a minute's silence for world peace, she quoted Mahatma Gandhi ? "There is no way to peace, peace is the way."'

Kate and fellow captain Louis Balenzano led yesterday's opening ceremony of the school's new Peace Garden, which coincided with the United Nation's International Day of Peace.

"I hope this garden helps bring peace around the school and helps people reflect on the way they act," Louis said. "This garden also reminds us how lucky we are compared to the rest of the world."

"The idea of the Peace Garden came about when students were asked to help design gardens around the school.

"The children wanted to include a contemplative space," deputy principal Jenny Triglone said.

"That fitted perfectly with our project to create a special place around our new school flag pole plus our school motto is 'Live in Harmony'.

"It all just came together."

The native garden was designed and built over the past three weeks by the Bellingen Green Corps Team. Official guests included the Federal Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, and the member for Cowper, Luke Hartsukyer.

School Principal John Fitzgerald said students heard a lot about how they should act every day but the garden was a living, growing example of peaceful harmony, visible to everyone always.

Finishing touches still to be added are a peace poem written by Green Corps and a peace prayer written by senior students.



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