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Sibford School to open new Peace Garden on Tuesday 11 November

8 November 2014

Sibford School will be opening a new Peace Garden on Tuesday 11 November 2014.

The garden will be officially opened by Tony and Sandi Lewis, whose son, Conrad, a former Sibford Scholar, was killed in Afghanistan on February 9th 2011.

A commitment to peace lies at the heart of Quaker belief. Quakers think of peace as an approach to living in the world and working for social change, rather than simply an ideological opposition to war and to violence.

The Peace Garden will be a place where staff, pupils and visitors to the school will be able to go for quiet reflection.

Features of the Peace Garden will include:

  • Giant sculpture created by Year 10 pupils from willow withies
  • Wooden Obelisk including the words: Peace and Reconcile
  • Commemorative bench dedicated to Conrad Lewis
  • Rose bushes planted by Sibford horticultural students

                        and … looking at peace in the widest sense of the word

  • 500 crocus bulbs, donated by Cherwell District Council and representing the End Polio Now Campaign.

On Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 10.40am pupils, staff and parents and will gather at the garden for a short meeting for worship which will comprise some readings and a formal silence at 11am. Also attending will be representatives of Old Scholars and Phil Cavill, President of the Rotary Club of Banbury, which is supporting the End Polio Now Campaign.

The official opening will take place following the silence.

In addition, inspired by the Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red installation at the Tower of London, Junior School pupils have created a number of glazed clay red and white poppies which they will be ‘planting’ in the garden.

Footnote:

Following the official opening of the Peace Garden, Tony and Sandi Lewis, accompanied by Conrad’s dog Peg, will be meeting with pupils. Peg was one of many stray dogs in the Quadrant compound when Conrad arrived there back in October 2010. From then until he was killed, Conrad and Peg were constant companions. A month after Conrad’s death Peg was helicoptered from the Quadrat to Camp Bastion, then transported in an armoured convoy to the Nowzad dog sanctuary in Kabul and then finally flown to the UK.  She then spent six months in quarantine before being allowed to start her new life with the Lewis family.