Last week, Miss Y sent a special message out to the teachers at our school about a special project:
KIZUNA is the Japanese word for “solidarity” or “tie”.
UNESCSO is asking school children from around the world to write a message of hope on a postcard, to both teachers and children that have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. They hope the postcards will be a sign that we are with them and thinking of people of Japan.
Over 7000 schools were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. UNESCO needs 30,000 postcards to be sent.
Mrs. Mosbauer and Ms. Tieppo and other classes at our school, decided to take on the project.
We had a mini focus on Japan in our own classroom so that we could understand more about the special place that Japan is.
First we invited a guest speaker. Haruna from Year Four is from Japan and she told us about Japanese culture and why Japan is such a beautiful place.
We then wrote our messages of hope and made our own postcards. We tried to include happy pictures and symbols to try to cheer up the children and the teachers in Japan. We have included some of our messages in our slideshow. Miss Y will be posting all our postcards before the 31st July.
Mrs. Mosbauer helped us with all the Japanese Art activities. We made some origami pets and crumpled pink paper to make Cherry Blossom trees. We will keep the Cherry blossom trees on our prayer table to remind us to keep the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers. We also made our own mini fact book about Japan using some information books from our LRC. It was also fun folding paper fans which were heart shaped.
We will always think about this special project and hope that we can bring a smile to the children of Japan!
KIZUNA- Message Of Hope on PhotoPeach