Students from Moorlands Sixth Form College, The Cheadle Academy and its partner primary schools including Cheadle Primary, Bishop Rawle, St Werburgh’s Kingsley, Great Wood Tean, The Valley Oakamoor, Dilhorne, St John’s Wetley Rocks, marched to the Market Place on Monday, March 13, to raise the Commonwealth Flag.
The theme for 2017’s Commonwealth Day was ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’.
Students, who had been nominated by their schools for their commitment to group work and support for their peers, were proud to join the Procession and carry the flag to Lulworth House.
Messages from Her Majesty The Queen and The Secretary General of The Commonwealth, together with The Commonwealth Affirmation were read out before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.
Cheadle Town Council hosted a reception following the flag raising ceremony, at Lulworth House in Cheadle High Street, pictured.
The learning outcomes for students involved in this activity are many. Students will explore the key theme of ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’ and associated ideas behind Commonwealth thinking of friendship, equality and diversity.
They will gain knowledge of who is in the Commonwealth and the contribution made by members.
Each school was presented with a Resource Pack that can be used either in Assemblies or during lesson time.
Students will be taking information gleaned about The Commonwealth back to their schools and to their peers.
In June, students will reunite at The Cheadle Academy to share with the wider community how they have spread the Commonwealth message of ‘peace-building’ throughout their college, academy and schools.
Sarah Booth from The Cheadle Academy said: “I’m pleased to say that we had a thoroughly enjoyable Procession for Commonwealth Day and that the sun shone on our wonderful flag and all the lovely people from Cheadle and surrounding villages who turned out to support this special event, now in its third year for us.
“It is very important to share together in this important day.
“The schools’ support for what the Commonwealth seeks to promote is outstanding.
“The students, of all ages, are showing their commitment to the importance of inclusivity and peace-building through their eager participation.
“I look forward to the student-led forums that we shall be holding in June, as we discover how they have spread this message further.”
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens.
The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions.
Commonwealth countries are supported by more than 80 intergovernmental, civil societies, cultural and professional organisations.
For further information go to www.youngcommonwealth.org