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Saturday, 15 November 2014

"I'm going to raise my voice for peace from now on..." by Miriam Halahmy

Take around seventy students from France, Germany, Spain and Turkey, put them in a room and tell them to speak English, think English, read English and write English about Peace and Tolerance.     What happens?
"Everyone wrote, said and did something about peace, they were creative, honest and nice." Gulsah, 14 years,Turkey.
"I learn sisterhood." Fatma, 16 yrs, Turkey.
 "I enjoyed the teamwork." Sami, 18 yrs, Syria

In October, 2014, I was invited for a second time to the Lycee Maurice Genevoix in Paris  to lead workshops on Peace and Tolerance. The school is part of an EU project and this time the partner schools from Germany, Turkey and Spain were joining us.

All the students were divided into two groups and each group would have a two hour workshop with me.
 How could I make sure that this mix of students with such varied abilities in English, whom I had never met before, had a positive and meaningful experience and gained some insight into working for peace and tolerance?

I need not have worried. The students came prepared to struggle with their English, listen, debate, question, laugh, say things out loud which are really quite difficult to admit to ...."I do not feel I can say that I am proud to be Jewish in France today".... and meet the Other from another country with an open heart and an open mind. It was a privilege to work with them.

I started with a poem by a boy who was an asylum seeker from Bosnia. Unfortunately his name is not known.






Sorry, that we are here

Désolé d’être là

                                Verzeiht, dass wir hier sind


That we take your time

De prendre de vôtre temps

Dass wir eure Zeit stehlen






Sorry that we breathe your air

Désolé de respirer vôtre air

Das wir eure Luft atmen,


That we walk on your ground

De fouler vôtre sol

Dass wir auf eurem Boden gehen,


That we stand in your view

D’être dans vôtre champ de vision

Dass wir in eurem Blickfeld stehen






This the opening of the poem and we had it translated into French, German, Spanish and Turkish. Then students came forward to read the entire poem in all five languages. It was a very moving experience.



After the reading, we discussed the poem and then I asked the students to write a piece showing how they might respond to the boy. Here are examples of their writing :-



Even unhappy stories have to be listened, so raise your voice, tell it to everyone. The only ones to blame are those who refuse to pay attention.   Alex, 17, Spain.


I'm sorry that we look away, feel ashamed if we see you and that we hate ourselves afterwards. For this there is no apologise, for this I can't find any words. Ina, 15, Germany


You said sorry but you're not the only one. I know you suffered and I did too. But we're still here, in this world, maybe as strangers, but as humans. So raise your hands above the waves of sorrow and burn the sadness away. Sami Hazbon, 18, from Syria now living in Paris


I met Sami Hazbon for the first time earlier this year on my first visit to the Lycee. He had only recently arrived with his sister, escaping the war in Homs, Syria.  Sami speaks excellent English. It was lovely to see the progress he is making and how well he is settling into his new life, even though it has been very hard for him.

Sami has read my novel HIDDEN and commented on how he related to this story of asylum seekers.





For this visit I wrote a poem specifically for the students, which I hoped they could access easily and use as a model for writing their own pieces. The poem is called, 'Light a Candle' and there are five stanzas. You can read the full poem on  my website.   Here are the last two stanzas:-


Light a candle

when you are afraid

lonely, angry, sad

without words

and in despair


Light a candle

light another one

light seven billion candles

for Peace


The students then talked in groups before writing their own poems.




Here are some extracts from their writing :-



Light a candle for freedom/ for a free men, for prosperity/ light a candle for humanity/ light a candle for no war in the world/ light a candle to light way of peace. Mustapha, France.


Yes, light a candle/ because bad things only happen in darkness.Pablo, 17. Spain.


Light a candle and you have a way/ light a candle to help. Felix and Paula, Germany.


Light a candle for respect/... light a candle for the animals.   Rima, 15, France.


Peace is a necessary and we light a candle for peace. Thank you Miriam. It is good.  Fatma, 16, Turkey.




Light a candle for all the people who come from Adam and Eve, to understand that we are all brothers and sisters/ Why not light a candle for brotherhood and the peace of humanity?  Ahmet Murat, Teacher, Turkish Team.

On the feedback form at the end of the session, the students give us a sense of what they feel they gained from working together and writing together.


I'm going to raise my voice for peace from now on. Gulsah, 14, Turkey

The project is really great. You must keep doing this. Rima, 16, France

I enjoyed work with a group, communicate our ideas. Mehaddi, 16, France

It is great to talk with people who lives away of France and to listen to what they thought. Deradji, 17, France.

I learn words in English, tolerance and respect. Sedraoui, 15, France

I learn more about the issues in other countries. Pereira, 16, France

It was great to have a real author here and I thought about how I could change something in this world. Good job! Sebastian, 16, Germany

I learnt it is ok if you don't know what you would do in a situation.Elisabeth, Germany

I like when we must speak with our team and the not easy questions.Hannah, 15, Germany.

Be who you are, you are never alone! Sofie, 15, Germany.

I share the same way to think as the writer so I enjoy this a lot. David, 17, Spain

The conference help us to think about people who haven't our opportunities. Pablo, 17, Spain.

Great to have different points of view from different countries about peace. I really enjoyed it. Pablo Costas, 17, Spain.

We are better collaborating than we think. Raquel, 17, Spain

I'd like to thank Miriam for her amazing work and for the chance to be in her workshop again. Sami Hazbon, 18, Syria/ France


The pleasure was all mine. I could write much more about the sessions but I feel that the students words are more valuable.




I also had the chance to meet up with a group of older students I had first worked with on my previous visit. They particularly liked a poem of mine called, Corner Shop. The poem is set in my local shop just as the first Gulf War broke out. Standing in the queue were orthodox Jews, young children, Hindu aunties and the Japanese hairdresser from opposite. Someone said something about the war and there was a silence. Then the Muslim shopkeeper said,"We won't let that come between us."

 "No! Quite right!" everyone agreed.




It was an amazing moment.  To me it felt like peace had just broken out. I went home and wrote the poem.The last stanza reads :-

We are the peace process
the mother, the brother.
We are the news, the ceasefire
pressed like coriander in a wrinkled palm.
We are the voice, the banner,
the handshake, brown on white on olive.
We are the ear, the eye, the promise,
prisoner released, girl unharmed, bomber stilled.


Two of the girls translated this stanza into French and Arabic. We were filmed as we read out the stanza in all three languages.




You are the peace process!  Hania, 16, France.

Continue to do this workshop for peace. Lucas, 17, France.

The debate on HIDDEN was interesting. It make us think more deeply concerning world peace. Like it! Dora, 16, France.

The debate about Muslim and Jewish people was interesting. Thank you to Miriam for coming, she is an interesting woman. Dea, 17, France.

I learnt about the organisation English PEN and to be more open-minded. Keep doing that, it's awesome for you and the pupils. Chloe, 17, France.


I learnt about the very interesting motto of English PEN and Miriam's actions for peace and her meaning of peace.

My poem :-

We are the peace process

The Christians, the Muslims, the Jews,

We are the future, the hope,

We are citizens of a peaceful world.

Maxime, 17, France.





Joan Lennon said...

Humbling - and hopeful!

15 November 2014 10:45

Piers Torday said...

An inspiring and moving post Miriam, thank you.

15 November 2014 10:49

Sue Purkiss said...

Inspiring. One to come back to - thanks, Miriam.

16 November 2014 06:49

Savita Kalhan said...

A very inspiring post, and what amazing kids! Thanks, Miriam.

16 November 2014 15:23

Jane McLoughlin said...

Wonderful, hopeful, inspiring words. There's hope for the world yet, people. Thanks for sharing your values and talents with others, Miriam, and for sharing your experiences with us.

17 November 2014 10:41

Miriam Halahmy said...

Many thanks for all the comments folks. it certainly was an inspiring experience.

17 November 2014 11:33

Anonymous said...

Just an amazing experience with a great writer who inspired me alot 
Thank you so much

17 November 2014 15:46

Miriam Halahmy said...

Thank you Sami and the sense of inspiration was the same for me. All the best with everything.

18 November 2014 12:56

Miriam Halahmy said...

From: Marylyn Martin 
Date: 18 November 2014 22:12
Subject: RE: My visit to Paris
To: Miriam Halahmy 

Hello Miriam,

How heart warming that these pupils from disparate backgrounds and cultures could come together and discuss the importance of peace. Some very nice compliments to Miriam, who I hope feels the sense of achievement that she deserves. These people are young and very inspirational. Let's hope they will remain committed to peace and understanding when they reach adulthood and can continue to inspire others in this way of thinking. 


19 November 2014 21:01

sarah el bouh said...

Dear Miriam 
Thank you for the amazing workshop! It was a very beautiful picture : You in the middle of these young people speaking about peace! The students have grasped why you love working with young people like themselves. Many of them said ' ' Miriam knows that we are the future generation, so we can change things. ' ' I Thank you !

20 November 2014 22:09

Miriam Halahmy said...

That's lovely Sarah and very encouraging. The young people I meet in Paris are consistently wonderful and committed. I always come home feeling inspired and encouraged by their determination to work for peace.

23 November 2014 11:42




Forum de l’orientation et des formations : inscriptions et dates

Comme chaque année, le Lycée Maurice Genevoix organise, en lien avec la FCPE, un forum de l’orientation et des formations : le Samedi 13 décembre de 9h00 à 12h30.

Les cours du samedi matin seront supprimés mais la présence des élèves de Terminale et de Première sera rendue obligatoire. De façon à réguler les flux, les élèves de Terminale seront présents de 9h00 à 11h00 et ceux de Première de 11h00 à 12h30. Les parents auront la possibilité d’accompagner leurs enfants.

Lors de cette manifestation, chaque élève pourra se renseigner sur trois filières différentes auprès de professionnels ou d’étudiants. Afin de préparer au mieux cette rencontre, chaque élève effectuera avant lundi 8 décembre un choix de deux filières en remplissant un questionnaire  en ligne. Le choix de la troisième filière se fera sur place le jour du forum.

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Au cours de ces séances, vous aurez l'occasion de découvrir l'utilité des outils que vous avez développés en cours avec vos professeurs et voir ces outils en action dans un cadre différent de celui de la classe !

Peu importe votre classe, vous êtes les bienvenus à ces séances libres et sans engagement !


En plus d'enrichir vos connaissances et de vous faire découvrir vos propres compétences, les séances du GICS vous permettent de rencontrer des étudiants post-baccalauréat et de réfléchir à votre orientation.


La première séance aura pour thème "Théorie des jeux, consommateurs et producteurs", sera animée par Arnaud L. le 10 décembre en salle 117 à 12h30

Chaque séance se terminera par un moment convivial autour d'un goûter, des boissons et des gâteaux seront offerts, si vous avez envie d'enrichir le buffet avec vos créations culinaires, elles seront les bienvenues.

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Sortie 2nde 5 au Palais de la découverte

Le mardi 4 novembre la classe de Seconde 5 a pu visiter le Palais de la découverte accompagnée par Mme Lecocq, professeur de Physique, Mr Nouvel professeur de SES et Mr Gobert professeur de SVT.


A cette occasion, ils ont suivi une animation très dynamique sur le coeur.


Plusieurs élèves ont pu réaliser des expériences sur leur propre coeur (écouter ses battements, électrocardiogramme...)


La visite s'est poursuivie par une séance au planétarium pour découvrir notre ciel nocturne.


Les élèves ont ensuite visité l'espace consacré à notre système solaire, ils ont alors réalisé des vidéos pour présenter les différents corps du système solaire.

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Dates des remises des diplômes du bac


REMISE DIPLOMES BAC SERIE L et S : le lundi 6 octobre 18h30
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