Holocaust Memorial Day
For Holocaust Memorial Day, all students have been reflecting on and remembering the genocides in a number of different cultures. These include the persecution of Jews and other groups by the Nazis and the wars in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia. A reflection was given in year group assemblies and form tutors led a variety of activities based on these events. Mr Malone read a poem written by Pastor Martin Niemoller, who himself was a victim of Nazi persecution in Germany, over the tannoy for students to reflect upon. This promotes the spiritual life of the school community and shows how much our students care about world events. They should be commended for this.
Our school Holocaust Tree was re-dedicated in our school Mass on Friday 31st January by Fr Damian Esene from St Francis parish, who also blessed the clay luggage tags that had been made by students in Art lessons. This was undertaken in conjunction with Year 9 students. On 27th January, Year 10 students completed still life drawings based on the Holocaust Memorial sculpture in Miami, which is based on the photos of starving children in the ghettos.
Two of our Sixth Form students, Anna Maria Dean (Year 13) and Dominika Maruszczak (Year 12), wrote about the personal experiences of their relations or friends of those who were living in Poland at the time of the Nazi occupation and persecution. These are presented in our Holocaust display on the ground floor of Main Block. This includes posters and information from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Finally, Special thanks to Mrs Tilby for organising this and leading many of the activities mentioned above.
Miss M. King (Subject Leader of History)