Academy holds “Peace Assembly”

08 February 2008

On Thursday 7th February the Senior School Academy held a special "peace assembly" to remember the victims of the recent unrest in Kenya and to plan to support the displaced and homeless.

On Thursday 7th February the Senior School Academy held a special "peace assembly" to remember the victims of the recent unrest in Kenya and to plan to support the displaced and homeless.

Mr Peter Mc Murray, Head of the Academy, began the assembly with one minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of the recent violence, and reminded the students that the Academy was a community, and that this was a time of "strain and strife". It was at such times that the merit of a community was tested and communities that failed this test were ones that allowed division, intolerance and anger to infest its ranks. But a community that succeeded in such times came together in harmony, forgiveness, tolerance and patience and channeled its energies to helping those who are suffering from that strife.

Two representatives of the Red Cross, Kenya, then presented the current status to the assembly. Nationally, almost 1200 have died, and there are approximately 400,000 displaced, staying in camps. Major challenges are the lack of basic supplies and poor sanitation, with the accompanying risk of outbreak of diseases.

The Student Council announced a two-week drive for food and clothing, commencing on Monday, February 11th.

The assembly ended with the reading of a poem written by the higher level IB English students and using some of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

They wrote:
“Hidden passions, triggered by senseless motions
Boiling, toiling and coiling are the emotions
Peace, overwhelmed by destruction That has led to the nation’s disintegration.

Refugees in our own home
We fear being victim of one of our own
Sparkling like lightning
The news spreads with the singeing effect
In the ears of the bearers, leaving
A bewildered cover on our faces and
A bid blow to our conscience and sense Of judgment.

But it is in our hearts as one to find
A chord to strum to give us back our melody
A beautiful symphony of brotherhood,
The words of Martin Luther King, As a people who once spoke of freedom
We must say, let the song of unity play
Peace, Love, Nationalism, all fruits of the same tree For the pillar of strength of peace is truly solidarity.

Let’s sing the song of unity from the highest mountain
And the darkest corner
Let solidarity spring like a bounteous fountain
Amend the anthem! May we dwell in unity and peace
Within our borders, shall we find liberty and equity."

And with the powerful delivery of this poem, the Academy confirmed it’s ethos of community, united in a sadder Kenya than before, but hopeful for and dedicated to a brighter future.