January 2009
Issue 6
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
New Members in Belfast
Peace People
Charter for World Without Violence
Peace Room
No Name-Calling Week
RCMP and CTF Join Forces
Join Our Mailing List
Canada Helps
Donate to PSI
When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.
Billy - age 4

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives, not looking for flaws, but for potential.
Ellen Goodman

Wishing you peace and happiness in 2009.

PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.

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New Member Schools in Belfast
During a two-week visit to Northern Ireland at the invitation of Barnardo's, Northern Ireland Rick Lewis and Hetty van Gurp conducted several workshops and also celebrated PSI membership at St. Aidan's Christian Brothers' Primary School, St. Bernadette's Primary School and St. Bernadette's Nursery School - our first nursery school!
Thank you Barnardo's for your generous support as we continue to build our network of peaceful schools.
Peace People
The Peace People organization was founded in 1976 as a result of a chain of events which devastated one family at the height of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland. To register as a local chapter of Peace People International go to: Peace People
Charter for a World Without Violence
This document is the result of several years work by Nobel Peace Laureates and organizations. It was approved at the 7th World Summit as the "First Draft of the Charter for a World without Violence." Read the Charter at:
Charter for a World Without Violence.
PeaceRoomPeace Room
At St. Aidan's CBPS in Belfast, pupils have a special room available for discussions, meetings and problem solving. if your school has a spare room, you may want to consider converting it to a 'Peace Room' and it may soon become the most popular room in the school.

No Name-Calling Week
No Name Calling Week (January 26 - 30) is an initiative started by a coalition of organizations seeking to focus attention on the problem of name-calling in schools and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities. The website No Name-Calling Week is filled with ideas and free downloadable resources.
No Name-Calling Week Ideas from PSI
RCMP and Canadian Teachers' Federation Join Forces to Fight Cyberbullying
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is providing its members working in more than 5,000 schools across the country with lesson plans teaching youth how to recognize, respond to and prevent cyberbullying behaviour. Students will also learn the serious consequences of cyberbullying, which include mean-spirited cell phone text messages and posts on social networking sites as well as threats sent over instant messaging services.
To play the interactive game, "Cyberbullying: the Dark Side of Tecchnology," go to www.deal.org.
CTF Press Release

Look for Loneliness
This creative idea is the brain child of James Buckley, aged 10. James spent many playtimes alone and knows how it feels to be lonely. It was during one of his lonely times that he developed the "Look for Loneliness" pack. Read more at:Look for Loneliness
Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.
PSI was founded in 2001 and is now a respected and innovative source of support for over 280 schools in 13 countries.
PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a school-wide culture of peace.
We welcome your contributions for future editions of Peace Signs.
Hetty van Gurp, President

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