Students make 1000 paper cranes to display at the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Park

 Year 10 students in CAS Japanese learned about the story of Sadako, a young girl who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II as an infant. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with leukemia a decade later and spent 8 months in hospital. After a visiting friend told her of the Japanese legend that any wish could be granted if you folded 1000 origami cranes, she devoted her remaining time to achieving this new goal. However, to the despair of her family and friends, Sadako passed away at the mere age of 12. 

To commemorate her vivid life, Sadako’s friends built the Children’s Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Inspired by this moving story, students decided to make 1000 cranes themselves and display them by the monument, as some of the members are going to visit the park on the 2nd of August during Tonbridge Grammar School’s first tour in Japan this summer. Some of the members of Y12 Ab Initio Japanese supported them by starting the Origami club.

Due to our planned trip to the Hiroshima Peace Park this summer, being able to work cooperatively on this project of 1000 origami cranes has allowed us to reflect on the Hiroshima disaster by finding a way to pay our respects to all involved. Creating the 1000 cranes and working together to reach this goal has been very rewarding in many aspects, gathering people’s helpful donations from across all years of the school a strong sense of community has been reaffirmed. We are very much looking forward to being able to donate our cranes in August.
— Lucy, Year 12