SUNNYDOWN SCHOOL represented their country at the May 2022 Global Peace Games here are some poems from the school’s Ambassadors for Peace:
Now and Then by Liam Tushingham
Traveling to Belgium, 18 on the bus.
Dover to Calais
Through The Tunnel,
Pitch black and bumpy,
Packed lunches out, eating to our hearts desire,
Talking and laughing,
Destination Messines Peace Village!
Arrived on the beach,
clutching my gun, so close for protection.
Explosions to the left, explosions to the right, explosions behind me.
Salty sea cutting my lips,
Smoked filled air encasses our troops.
Global Peace Games by George Smith
Global Peace Games
Such a wonderful thing
Filled with love and care but also deadly thing
the past we still remember every day and night
Which bombs and guns and screems all the time
Except for one day that changed everything.
Where both sides agreed to everything
Where both sides began to chat and play
Such fun they had for just one day
After that day we still remember
About how biggest threats
Became best friends.
Decades from now I came to that place
Where soldiers and generals Stopped for one day
But that day was oh so important
as that snowy day alone was christmas day.
Global Peace Games by Cam’ron Pindi
The theme our five days was peace
Not a piece of music
That we listen to,
Not the pizza
That we share equally
Into multiple pieces,
But the peace
Where we have freedom from disturbance.
We took a coach
To a Eurotunnel to France
And drove through France
Towards Flanders in Belgium
Where we were welcomed
With open arms
To a place where British
And Allied forces fought
Germany for 4 long years
Killing millions of lives.
We met 2 after school youth groups –
Inex from Czech Republic
And Groep Intro
Based in Flanders
But it has youth from all over the world.
Many of whom are refugees
From countries in a state of war
Similar to what it was like
Over 100 years ago where we stayed in Flanders.
We saw Pachendale
And Tyne Cot
Where we learnt a lot
About the soldiers
Who fought for our freedom.
We also attended
The Last Post in Ypre
Where we paid respect
To our forefathers
Who lost their lives
In the Great World War