Peace Poles

The Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay is delighted to have joined the Peace Pole Project in 2022.

In the early 2000s, PP Simone Collins had arranged to install a Peace Pole at the Perth Zoo as a project of the Rotaract Club of South Perth, however the project stalled when it was required that the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” be included in Noongar – Noongar language experts consulted at the time were unable to come up with a suitable translation. Sadly the Peace Pole ended up being scrapped for firewood!

Since then, the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin took on Peace Pole Project as a 2021 Centennial Celebration, with the aim to install 100 Peace Poles in 100 schools by World Peace Day (21st September 2021). They have continued the project, well surpassing their goal with the help of Rotary clubs around Australia. A suitable Noongar translation is now available and is an option that can be requested through the orders coordinated by RC Canberra Burley Griffin. A suggested programme for a ceremony is available, and aluminium poles rather than wood are recommended for longevity.

Having received a District Grant to purchase our first 10 Peace Poles, the schools submitted their choice of languages and the Peace Poles were ordered, arriving on 9th October 2022.

Moerlina Primary138EnglishNoongarMandarinSpanish
Mount Claremont Primary147EnglishNoongarMandarinJapanese
Swanbourne Primary154EnglishNoongarBahasa IndonesianJapanese
Hollywood Primary155EnglishNoongarMandarinFrench
Loreto Nedlands Primary160EnglishNoongarMandarinSpanish
North Cottesloe Primary166EnglishNoongarBrailleJapanese
Quintillian Primary246EnglishNoongarDutchFrench
Freshwater Bay Primary253EnglishNoongarLatinFrench
Bob Hawke College254EnglishNoongarItalianJapanese
Canning Vale Primary255EnglishNoongarHindiMandarin
Canning Vale Primary School Peace Pole with memorial for PRID Ken Collins

Canning Vale Primary also asked for the following wording with a photograph of Past RI Director Ken Collins to be included on their Peace Pole:



Dr. Collins, whose qualities and attributes are too numerous to list was an example and friend to staff and pupils alike.

A true gentleman, humanitarian and peacemaker who lived a life of selfless service.

His legacy will live on at Canning Vale Primary School and he will be forever missed.

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