Kingston Peace Council/Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament


Date: 10/04/11

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Pupils’ peaceful poems rewarded with a Picasso print

Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School, Chessington, and teachers Miss Melissa Heavens (left) and Mrs. Ruth James pose with the picture presented by Kingston Peace Council/CND.

A Chessington primary school has been presented with a peace prize as the result of a competition that asked children to describe their ‘Expressions of Peace ‘.

Kingston Peace Council/Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament invited schools throughout the borough to take part. The winners were pupils in years 2 and 4 at St. Mary’s C of E Primary School and last week the school was presented with a framed copy of Picasso’s painting ‘Child with Dove’. Each of the 17 children who had contributed poems to the competition received a certificate and a bookmark also carrying the image of the Picasso work of art. The school received a cheque for £50.

Responding to the challenge to put their ideas for a peaceful world into words or a work of art the children had written such memorable lines as:

‘Peace is like a glowing candle in the dark’ and

‘… the sound of souls singing all around us.’

Another wrote that peace was like

‘… a family taking a long walk on a soft, sandy beach.’

The picture was presented at a special assembly at which some of the children read their poems aloud and Kingston Peace Council’s Maggie Rees talked about the picture and Picasso’s work for peace. Later she said: “All the children were very responsive and thoughtful during the assembly. It was also obvious that their teachers had had valuable discussions with their classes on the subject of peace before they had written their poems.”

Members of Kingston Peace Council will shortly be writing to all schools in the borough about ideas for marking the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September.


For further information: Phil Cooper, Press Officer, Kingston Peace Council/CND on 07889 949173