KIZUNA – A message of hope for Japan’s students

KIZUNA is the Japanese word for “bond”

At the end of last term I read a message posted by another teacher on Twitter about a campaign called “KIZUNA” being organised by UNESCO.  You can read about the KIZUNA campaign here.  

The KIZUNA campaign is encouraging students from around the world to write a message of hope in a postcard to Japanese students and teachers affected by the tsunami in Japan to let them know that children around the world are thinking of them and that they are not alone.  I was overwhelmed to think that 30,000 postcards were needed so each student and teacher affected by the earthquake and tsunami received a postcard.

A BIG thank you to the students from 2TM, 3BP, 3BY, 4E, 5C, 5D 6SC and our Reading Recovery students who all made their own postcards to send to Japan with their messages of friendship and hope.  You can see some of their postcards here including Haruna’s postcard that she wrote in Japanese!

Grade 2TM did a mini unit with Mrs Mosbauer so they could understand more about the country and people of Japan before they made their postcards.  Click here to read about all of the wonderful activities they completed.  (The cherry blossom trees are my favourite!)
I posted our big envelope of postcards to Japan on Friday and I hope our messages will bring smiles and hope and a bond of friendship with our friends in Japan as well as the knowledge that they are not alone in the challenges they face…
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9 thoughts on “KIZUNA – A message of hope for Japan’s students

  1. Wow, you guys do great stuff. Wouldn’t it be good if you could see the faces of the students when they receive your postcards?

  2. Hi Miss Y,

    I can say that the work Mrs. Mosbauer did on Japan with 2TM was very meaningful. It helped the children to appreciate the beauty of Japan.

    The beautiful cherry blossom branch still sits on our prayer table and we are reminded of our friends in Japan everyday.

    Thank you for posting all our postcards for us. Much appreciated,

    Ms. Tieppo

  3. Hi Ms Tieppo

    Grade 2TM is lucky to have two wonderful teachers who work hard to make learning in their classroom both meaningful and engaging.

    Thank you 2TM for your beautiful postcards and caring messages!

    Miss Y 🙂

  4. Hi Miss Y.
    I read and saw beautiful, meaningful cards from students in Grade 6SC. Congratulations to you for making this possible to our students and well done to the teachers and students involved – FANTASTICO
    Grazie for sharing this with with us.
    Signora Conte

  5. Grazie Signora Conte

    I’m glad you had the opportunity to see the beautiful cards from 6SC!

    I hope the students in Japan who receive their cards will be happy to know they have a friend in Australia thinking of them…

    Miss Y 🙂

  6. Thank you Miss Yeomans for finding time to organise this wonderful initiative to support the children in Japan. It was wonderful reading the postcard that Haruna made because she had written it in Japanese. Thank you for sharing and coordinating the task. The students from St Martin’s have made creative and thoughtful postcards.

  7. Hey Miss Y!

    This is a great thing for us to do! I’m so glad I got to do it, and also that my card could give a child that had suffered in Japan a smile on their face and to have hope 🙂
    It is wonderful how you let us do this. I think everyone should do this to give just that litle bit more hope to other children 🙂

    Jen 5d

  8. Hi Jen

    I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed making your postcard knowing that you are going to bring some hope and happiness to another child in Japan. In a small way you have helped to make a difference to someone else…I’m sure they will have a smile when they read your postcard!

    Thank you to Miss Donohue too for encouraging 5D to participate in the Kizuna Campaign

    Miss Y 😀

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