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Peace Rules Award presentation at Pembroke School

The Peace Rules Project began as an initial idea to give young people a voice to answer the question; “What can I do to contribute to peace through the arts?”

Pembroke created a powerful and memorable performance at the inaugural Showcase on Thursday September 27, 2018 winning the Award for Excellence on the night.

Robyn Callan and Corinne Berry were invited to present the special award at the Pembroke School middle school assembly to over 500 students and their teachers. Robyn spoke about the important work of the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation where peace brings together artists, educators, learners, activists and young people to educate the community for a better future including the initiatives from 2018 of a stall at Womadelaide Festival, the Art Peace Prize as a part of the Year 12 SACE Art exhibition, the new Peace Rose project for schools focusing on nuclear disarmament and the ICAN Nobel Peace Award and the inaugural Peace Rules Showcase.

At the Peace Rules Showcase Pembroke students presented a physical theatre piece on the topic of genocide. This raw stylist performance was poignantly accompanied by a haunting music theme. However, despite its grim theme, this performance offered a ray of hope in the final projection of a list of counter measures to prevent such atrocities occurring again.

Corinne shared stories with the audience about a young girl, her mother who survived the holocaust and her great aunt who did not survive. The topic the students had chosen and the stories shared brought an overwhelming silence to the assembly.

The students were awarded the Peace Excellence Award and congratulated on their powerful message. We are looking forward to seeing the results of the workshop to the value of $2000 hopefully to be presented in the next Peace Rules Showcase to be held on September 18th at the Norwood Concert Hall in 2019.

Robyn Callan