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We Are Silent

Posted by on April 18, 2013

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

~Nelson Mandela







Together we are STRONG!

Together we are STRONG!

We took the “Vow of Silence” today “for the children. Because our silence is their voice.”

7 Responses to We Are Silent

  1. Jayden

    Hi mrs. Renton and class.
    I think we did a pretty good job being silent. I REALLY wish that every child should have the right to talk.I also wish that my brother could take the vow of silence day for a week.Have a GREAT day(with out being silent) Bye.:)

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jayden!

      I agree with you. I think our class did an amazing job of “we are silent” today. I couldn’t believe that most people voted to go for a LONGER period than an hour. Wow. It makes me wonder, if we didn’t have a speaker in for the afternoon, if we would have made it through the whole day! I am glad we had our special speaker in, though! I wish, like you, that EVERY child’s needs were met around the world. I think it’s important for our “voices” to be heard … and EVERY person is important. EVERY person matters.

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  2. Joyce

    Hi Mrs. Renton and class,

    Being silence on Thursday was a little hard for me and a little easy for me. I think in the morning, when we didn’t talk … It was so amazing to see everybody was silence, but in the afternoon, I forgot to be silence because I was trying to show what I wrote on the whiteboard and I just whispered. I think what Jayden said about every child should have the right to talk. I like that saying. On Thursday, my cousin, Kelly (in grade 6) was silence the whole day, but not at home.

    The pictures of us being silence was great! At first, I was curious about what are we doing, but when Mrs. Renton showed us the picture on the blog … she told us that we were making the words … we are silence. Then I realised that we were making the words we are silence. Let me go backward and talk about every child should have the right to talk. Children should all have everything they want in the world, but sometimes they don’t. Instead of having everything they want … they have to do chorus and do all sorts of other things. We are lucky to have all sort of stuff we want. We should do something to help them, to do stuff like being silence and that means to do something good to think of them and think if you were them, but sometimes not always. 🙂

    Joyce 😉

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Joyce!

      I loved your thoughtful comment on the blog! I agree – it was a little hard, at times, to be silent. But, I thought you guys did an AMAZING job. I was surprised when you all wanted to be silent for even longer and I LOVED watching you work with your partners, communicating with the whiteboards when you needed to. I think I was able to get some MORE amazing photographs during the morning! We can look at them on Monday! We couldn’t be silent during the afternoon because we had our AMAZING guest speaker in … and it was important to have the chance to ask questions during her presentation to learn even MORE about building and structures and the amazing things she is doing with her work in Calgary!

      I liked the photos too – I love the way they spelled the words “We Are Silent” … it was a way of communicating without talking. I also like that our blog post didn’t have a lot of writing on it. We’ve worked SO hard this year to understand the work of the United Nations … and to discover more about children around the world. We know that the silence is about supporting people who DON’T have rights to speak their mind … people whose needs are not being met. I think, for me, one of the MOST striking photos is of that little girl, and her bedroom, and the words that tell us she has been working in a rock quarry since she was three. I feel SO fortunate that we have rights … and that our needs are essentially met. It is important to remember that … and to do what we can to help make the world a better place for everyone.

      Joyce, I LOVE the way you share your thoughts on our blog. I LOVE the thoughtfulness of your ideas. I am GLAD that you enjoy our class blog as much as you do!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  3. Mrs. Braybrook

    Hello Mrs. Renton and class,
    I think it’s wonderful that you took the Vow of Silence! What a powerful message you made to support those kids that don’t have a voice. Because our school also supports the work of Free the Children, I’ve wanted to try the Vow of Silence but wasn’t sure how to do it. Now that I’ve seen your class do it, I really want to try it with my class next year. (I hope Mrs. Renton will be willing to help me be successful with it too and give me some tips.)

    Nice work everyone!

    Mrs. Braybrook
    Another Alberta grade 3 teacher

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Mrs. Braybrook.

      It’s nice to see you BACK! Thank you for your comment. We took the Vow of Silence to support the Grade Fives and Sixes at our school. We’ve spent a lot of time learning about childrens’ rights, about unicef and about how children live around the world … and we thought the Vow was important. The Grade Threes only had to take the vow for 60 minutes … but we voted and wanted to do it for EVEN longer!!! We loved writing on the whiteboards to communicate when we did group work – it was lots of fun. Even though it was tons of fun … we know that we were being silent to support the children around the world who can’t speak up for their OWN rights!

      We think you should TRY the Vow of Silence next year because we think your students would enjoy it. Mrs. Renton says she would be GLAD to help you out if you have any questions. There’s LOTS of great information about the We are Silent pledge on the internet as well.

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  4. Eloise

    I really like how your class communicated your “silent” message last week. That was a important lesson to understand that children in other parts of the world don’t have the same kind of freedom of speech that we take for granted in Canada. I know that the conversation around the breakfast table in our house was unusually quiet and I must admit, I rather enjoyed it! There was an interesting article in the Calgary Herald this weekend that talked about how some philanthropic Calgarians are helping educate people in East Africa through the Awali project. The Awali project also helps fund “Free the Children”, started by Craig and Marc Kielburger. Here is the link to the article in case you want to read it:
    Keep up the great work Mrs. Renton’s grade 3’s!

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