Students delighted to host a man of peace

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes and students from Cabramatta High release doves in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes and students from Cabramatta High release doves in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

SYDNEY Peace Prize winner George Gittoes was the special guest at Cabramatta High School's Peace Day celebrations on Friday.

Students released a flock of doves and rang a peace bell as part of the event, which is a chance for students, parents, teachers and the community to come together and celebrate success in the area of multiculturalism and the creation of peace.

Mr Gittoes, who is known for exposing injustice through art and filmmaking, gave a speech to the students, answered questions and planted a tree in the peace garden.

On the day, students presented Mr Gittoes with funds they had raised to go towards the Yellow House Foundation, a sanctuary that the Peace Prize winner established for artists in south Afghanistan.

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes visits Cabramatta High in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes visits Cabramatta High in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

Principal Beth Godwin said the school honoured Mr Gittoes with a display that was colourful, harmonious and creative. "Fifteen schools came together to hear how one man strives to bring peace on a global scale through the arts," she said.

"Students were amazed at the many countries that George Gittoes has been to and the risks he takes to bring peace to troubled areas.

"He is a very deserving winner of the Sydney Peace Prize; it was our honour to fundraise and then donate the proceeds to help him continue the Yellow House project."

Students dressed in cultural costumes and watched performances by other students before they enjoyed morning tea with the principal and special guests.

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes visits Cabramatta High in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

13.11.15 Peace Prize winner George Gittoes visits Cabramatta High in celebration of Peace Day. Picture: Anna Warr

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