Breaking Waves: holding your course and having fun in turbulent times
Our second annual Festival of Peace was a great success with an audience of around 1600 over the day. The theme of the festival was ‘Breaking Waves: holding your course and having fun in turbulent times' and the concept was to provide the School community with a first-hand experience of inspirational people to demonstrate how it’s possible for anyone to make positive change. Students and staff alike engaged and ran activities such as henna painting, tie dye T-shirts, circus skills and story telling spread across Sidcot’s beautiful countryside.
We were joined by world renowned speakers such as Bart Weetjens, a social entrepreneur, scientist and Zen priest, who spoke to the crowds about his international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. Bart is also an Ashoka fellow, an organisation which Sidcot School is a member of, whose mission is facilitate social change. Jo Berry discussed her work in empathy and restorative justice having spent the past 15 years working with Patrick Magee, the IRA bomber who planted the bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton killing her father and many others. Sarah Corbett explained how activism comes in many forms – her global Craftivist Collective provide the tools, services and support for organisations and individuals to do slow, gentle and intriguing activism using needlework. Sarah's group approached the board of Marks and Spencer’s by sending them hand sewn handkerchiefs with messages asking them to consider the living wage. The board were so impressed they agreed to meet the group and subsequently implemented the pay change.
We were also treated to a workshop by the world champions in beatboxing, The Beatbox Collective who wowed the crowd with their extraordinary skills and even taught us to beatbox!
Other brilliant bands that entertained on the day were our student band Beard the Lion, our staff band Just Us!, the wonderful gospel choir Joyful Spirit and the acclaimed Mango Factory. They all had us up on our feet and dancing.
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