Last week, Waimea College students created a “peace chain” in a move of solidarity with the people of Christchurch, including the students of its partner schools, Papanui High School and Cashmere High School.
Two of Waimea’s head students, Bronte Hall and Elizabeth Bailey, organised the peace chain as soon as they heard about the events in Christchurch. “We heard from other students throughout the country about the idea on Saturday and emailed our principal Mr Haines as soon as we had the idea.”
Cashmere High School lost two students in Christchurch’s terror attack, and has an important relationship with Waimea College, including regular sporting events.
“Nearly every student and staff member wrote a message of love and peace for the people of Christchurch, including the students of schools affected,” Bronte says.
“It’s about showing that we don’t stand for this sort of violence, or for racist attitudes. There is no place for racism in our schools.”
The peace chain was also a way to help Waimea students, who, like the rest of the nation, were grieving for the 50 lives lost in Christchurch.
“It has helped our fellow students. They felt like they could grieve and offer their love and support to those who need it,” Elizabeth says.