Rapping for world peace – Ban the bomb

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Students in years 5, 6 and 7 were lucky to have spent the morning with Cat, Kaso and Madelaine from ICan and Friends of the Earth respectively, who guided our students through the process of writing and recording a rap. The rap has a very strong global peace message which focused on nuclear abolition. There was lots of giggling, team work, brainstorming of ideas and a sharing of a common understanding – that we want to live in a world free of nuclear weapons. At the beginning of the day, we had a group of shy, quiet students who were unsure and uncertain about the world of rap. By the time the 3 girls had finished the morning, we had a group of excited, confident and surprisingly “cool” rappers. Cat, Kaso and Madelaine recorded all the individual groups rapping and are taking it away to put with the soundtrack. They will return early term 4, with the finished product and will spend the day with us, filming the students performing. This was an outstanding activity and one which brought all the artistic and creative talents to the fore.

A bomb squad? Hawkesdale?

Great excitement in the school! A photographer and a journalist, Daniel Flitton,  from the  Age came to the school last week, to photograph the year 6s and Ms Murnane. This is one of our big Melbourne newspapers!

In 2008 and 2009, year 6 students of Hawkesdale P12 College studied nuclear disarmament under the guidance of their class teacher, Ms Marg Murnane. Students wrote letters to global leaders and politicians, including the Prime Minister of Australia, about their concerns and the need to abolish nuclear weapons.
This was brought to the attention of participants in a recent international conference, in Stockholm, on Nuclear Disarmament, where student comments were quoted by Mr Tim Wright,  an ICAN Board Member and International Ambassador for the campaign, currently based in Paris.

Now back to the Age photographer… The students and school were featured in a cleverly written article over a full page spread on Tuesday, December 15th, with the heading “The Bomb Squad!” You can follow the link and read all about it.

Here is the quote by Bailey from his letter to global leaders:”

Dear world leaders,” writes Bailey. ”I’m only 11 and I want to live my life to the full. We need to abolish nuclear weapons for us to be able to do that safely. As a beginning point, we need to get the nuclear weapons off high alert. At least then, there is less likelihood of an accidental bombing. After that, the countries need to get together and discuss abolishing these devastating weapons altogether.

Our local paper, “The Standard” published the same article the next day, Wed, Dec 16th. Below is the presentation on nuclear disarmament, that students made as part of their study last year. It was a featured slideshare on that site as well.

Our students have been invited to create posters and banners for  an event with the UN Secretary-General, in New York next year. This will be another amazing opportunity for the voices of Hawkesdale P12 students, to be heard on yet another world stage.

At the moment, there is much talk about Climate Change – at the Copenhagen conference. At Hawkesdale P12, we are encouraging students to make the link between certain and immediate,  catastrophic climate change in the event of the intentional or accidental launch of nuclear weapons. Our students voices are echoing across the world – I can, You Can, We Can ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!