Monday November 22, 2010
Indicating our commitment to creating
and maintaining a culture of peace in our school; today, Westwood
Senior High became a member of Peaceful Schools International. The
vision of PSI is to build a global network of peaceful schools; we
are proud to be counted among its members.
At the ceremony of celebration were
representatives of the student body, teachers and administration,
parents and guests from the community of Hudson, the police and
Westwood Junior High. Ms Judy Grant is the Lester B. Pearson
representative of PSI and she was present to share the history of
the organization and congratulate Westwood Senior on their
successful membership application. In recognition that a climate of
peace involves cooperation from everyone, oaths declaring this
commitment were read by Amanda Fowler-Clarke and Zach Fieldsend on
behalf of the students, Mr. Dean Graddon read the oath on behalf of
the teachers, Penny Squires and Norah Dawson on behalf of the
Student Oath for PSI ceremony
written by teenagers in Northern Ireland
We the Children of the world
Declare peace on the future.
We want a planet free of war and weapons.
We want an end to disease
death and destruction.
Hatred and hunger and homelessness
make no sense to us.
We want them done away with.
Our earth gives us food enough for all-
We will share it
Our skies give us rainbows everywhere-
We will keep them clear.
We want to laugh together, play together,
work together, learn from each other,
explore and improve life for everyone.
We are for peace, now and forever.
Oath for PSI Ceremony
establish a direct and personal contact with my child’s
school by visiting it and getting a firsthand knowledge
of its teaching activities and facilities.
demonstrate constructive attitudes towards school and
its programs by supporting and cooperating with the
teaching staff and school board.
make no criticism of the school without ensuring that I
have accurate and first-hand information.
encourage a positive attitude on the part of my child
and will refrain from criticism of the teachers or
school in her/his presence.
accept my share of the responsibility for the
partnership between school and home in the education of
Oath for PSI Ceremony
children are created whole, with natural intelligence
with dignity and wonder, worthy of respect.
The idea of life, liberty, and happiness
includes children as they are original blessings
and here to learn their own song.
Every girl and boy is entitled
to love, to dream, to belong to a family.
and to pursue a life of purpose.
We affirm our duty
to nourish and nurture the young,
to honour their caring ideals as the heart of a human
We recognize the early years as the foundation of life
and are humbled by our immense responsibility
to help build that foundation.
We commit ourselves to peaceful ways
And vow to keep from harm or neglect
these - our most vulnerable citizens.