Sydney Peace Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz was the special guest at Cabramatta High School’s Peace Day celebrations on Tuesday.
The Nobel Prize winning American economist released the doves as a symbol of peace at the event which used poppies as a central theme to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice – the historic agreement that ended World War I.
A highlight of the event was the Poppy Relay with students gifting ceramic white poppies, as a symbol of peace, to community leaders.
Members of the 1st Light Horse Regiment also attended the proceedings on horseback.
Cabramatta High School’s Peace Day event is the culmination of three months of work by the committee which raises awareness about the issues the Peace Prize winner represents and fundraising for organisations related to the winner. Students also developed a range of artworks and garden pieces to be displayed in the Peace Garden.
Other highlights of the event, which was attended by more than 20 schools included, lion dancing, the unveiling of an individual portrait of Professor Stiglitz and students dressing in the their national costume (approximately 40) to represent the different cultural backgrounds at the school.