CHILDREN from schools across Tameside have been showing heartwarming solidarity with everyone affected by tragic events in Manchester.
From writing prayers and producing artwork to taking part in special remembrance assemblies and services, pupils have paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on Monday 22 May in their own powerful and poignant ways.
Here’s a sample of the many acts and messages of remembrance that schools have been involved in:
St Christopher’s School in Ashton held a special mass and is planning a ‘Manchester City United’ assembly when pupils can wear red, white and blue and bring in a donation to the appeal fund.
Canon Burrows Primary school held a service where pupils released 22 balloons for all those who lost their lives and a 23rd balloon for all of those who have been affected.
Millbrook and Dowson primary schools took part in a pre-arranged Go to the Park live singing event in Stamford Park, which they dedicated to the victims of the suspected terrorist attacks while also holding a minute’s silence in remembrance.
Students at Tameside College, Silver Springs Academy, Inspire Academy, Oakdale, St John Fisher and Our Lady of Mount Carmel all made creative displays bearing letters and messages of support and remembrance.
A spokesperson for Parochial CE Primary School, Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families. We gathered together in the playground in silence to show our love and compassion. Manchester - stand in solidarity and love.”
Stalyhill Infants School tweeted: “In light of last night’s devastating events, a ray of hope from one of our Yr2 children - 'My planet will be called the happy planet' #hope.”
Stalyhill Junior School held a special assembly. Headteacher Sue Kitchen said: “We gave thanks for a community that came together to support each other.”
Youngsters in Buckton Vale Primary’s school council penned the following statement: “We need to stay strong as a community and be prepared for any future attacks; we shall not show that we are frightened or scared as that would mean that they have won.
“This attack in Manchester shall not make us scared or worried about the future, and if we are, we must stick together to fend off any other terrorists; we can never fall into the hands of evil.”
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