Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart

Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart

Learning Peace: A Big School with a Big Heart chronicles a year at Annapolis East Elementary. A school where over 700 kids play, study, meet and--like kids everywhere--sometimes fight.

But thanks to an anti-violence program introduced in 1996 by principal Heather Harris, bullying and fighting have become a rarity.

Peace education has been fully integrated into the school curriculum. Meanwhile, a peer mediation program helps students settle disputes, good behaviour is rewarded at monthly assemblies, and a full-time counsellor devotes his days (lunch hours and breaks included) to helping kids address anger.

Over the course of a year, it becomes clear that peace is hard work--but well worth the effort.

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Credits
  • writer
    Teresa MacInnes
  • director
    Teresa MacInnes
  • producer
    Kent Martin
    Peter d'Entremont
  • director of photography
    Kent Nason
  • editor
    Peter Giffen
  • location sound
    Arthur McKay
  • narrator
    Tara Doyle
  • production manager
    Patricia Coughran
  • original music composer
    Steven Naylor
  • consultant
    Barry Cowling
  • additional location sound
    Jane Porter
  • technical coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
  • sound editor
    Alex Salter
  • narration recording
    Amy Miller
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • on-line technician
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • titles
    NFB Visual Effects Services
  • studio clerk
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • program administrator
    John William Lutz
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner