Paper cranes for peace, folded by Primary students, have been sent to the Hiroshima Museum in Japan to be integrated into their onsite installation. Students prepared these cranes following our celebration of the International Day of Peace. On this day, students participated in assemblies where they heard the story of Sadako Sasaki and the Hiroshima Peace Cranes. After being diagnosed with leukemia after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako’s friend kept her company in the hospital, telling her a legend of the crane, a sacred bird in Japan, that lives for 100 years. The legend states that if a person who is ailing folds 1,000 paper cranes, then that person will begin to recover. Sadako then began folding paper cranes along with her classmates, and this has since become known around the world as a symbol of the children’s peace movement. Paper cranes are sent from all over the world to be placed at the base of Sadako’s statue in the Hiroshima Museum, fulfilling the wish engraved on the statue’s plaque: “This is our Prayer, PEACE in the world”.
The paper cranes folded by Key Stage 2 students were threaded together by our Primary Arts technicians and hung on a mobile installation that travelled throughout the Primary School, starting in Year 6 and ending outside the Primary Office. After many visitors enjoyed interacting with the paper crane installation, it was disassembled and the paper cranes were sent to the Hiroshima Museum.