School Reporters pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
Hundreds of School Reporters around the UK have been reacting to the news of Nelson Mandela's death.
Earlier in the year Richard Branson told School Reporters from Lincoln Castle Academy that Mr Mandela had been his inspiration.
A 14-year-old pupil from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington said: "His passing reminds us of someone who made a great change and impact not only in his country but the world. Whether you knew about him or not, everyone is somehow affected by this loss."
End Quote Hannah, 16 Bullers Wood School
"I have learnt a lot about a very great man today, it's a shame that it has taken his death for us as young people to find out about his life.”
A fellow pupil said: "He was an inspiration to this world and his legacy will remain in our hearts forever."
School Reporters from Robert Clack School in Dagenham have also given their views.
Alexandra said: "Nelson Mandela was a beloved figure, he fought against racism not only in South Africa but all over the world. I believe he was a brilliant leader and many of us may never be that brave. He left behind a great legacy that will carry on for generations. I hope I get to see the end of racism."
Mary commented: "It is sad to know he has departed from us. However we will never forget all he has done for the world. He was an absolutely inspirational leader who taught us to forget hate and embrace love. I am happy to have lived in the same lifetime as this courageous man."
Sabihah said: "Nelson Mandela was a great person who changed everyone's lives. His death was a big shock to pupils in my school and I'm sure he will be remembered for many centuries for his sacrifices. He was a true hero. His legacy will live in our hearts."
Pearl said: "Nelson Mandela taught me that we should forgive and forget what people have done to us and move on,"
POEM FOR MANDELA
Father, husband, friend and saviour to all
Nelson Mandela pulled humanity out of the dark
He saved the oppressed, being guided by his heart
He had a dream, just like Martin Luther King,
And his ideals were the same thing,
Now he is deceased,
But let him know that his followers have not decreased."
Poem from Sufyaan, 13, from Acton High School
Lots of schools have held special assemblies today focussing on Nelson Mandela's life. Students are also discussing and sharing their thoughts in lessons throughout the day.
Whalley Range School in Manchester is commemorating Nelson Madela's memory through a whole school minute's silence, and Aya, Year 8, said "People like me wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for people like Mandela fighting for our rights."
Redwood Secondary School told us that the theme of their Key Stage 4 assembly on Friday mornings for this half-term is anti-discrimination and equal opportunities. After hearing the news, they focused on a children's story book entitled 'My Journey to Freedom' which was bought in South Africa last year by the head teacher.
School Reporters from Bullers Wood School in Chislehurst have been discussed the news of Nelson Mandela's death during their Friday morning school-wide PHSE class. Hannah, 16, said she hadn't know much about Mandela before today:
"I have learnt a lot about a very great man today, it's a shame that it has taken his death for us as young people to find out about his life."
In lessons at The Billericay School in Essex, Josh, 15, said: "On 5 December 2013 the world fell silent to respect one of the most influential names of the 20th century - Nelson Mandela. A symbol of the purest human values, of forgiveness and strength, this man through his willpower, fought for what he believed even though it took more than a quarter of his lifetime. His actions have inspired and will carry on inspiring leaders of all kind around the world."
ACROSTIC POEM FOR MANDELA
"None of us would be like this without his struggles
Everything he did was inspiring
Leaving this world, he will be remembered
Segregation is what he stopped
Only Mandela could forgive and forget
Not even Obama could take his place
Acrostic poem from Masa, 13, from Brentside High School
Year 9 pupils at Compton School in Finchley also spent time in their English lesson thinking about Nelson Mandela's life and death, and reacting to the news.
Dillon said: "The world has lost a father. He took the world in his hands and changed things for the better."
Finally a 14-year-old pupil from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington summed up the thoughts of many students around the UK: "His passing reminds us of someone who made a great change and impact not only in his country but the world.
"Whether you knew about him or not, everyone is somehow affected by this loss."