In recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day, our Senior School students have been learning about the Holocaust in their History lessons and taking time to reflect on past events. The teaching has been focused on ensuring our students understand the historical impact of the Holocaust, how people have been, and still may be affected by it. Most importantly, learning why the world takes time to recognise this day every year.
Year 9 then presented an assembly to the rest of the school with History Teacher, Mr Kershaw. Each participating student took the time to read an extract about a Holocaust survivor aloud. Following the days’ theme of ‘one day’, each student also took the time to discuss how they can recognise ‘hate crime’ in their own lives, looking at how ‘one day’ can change the course of a person’s life. The students ended the day by focusing on how they can affect their surroundings to have a positive impact on the world.
Mr Kershaw opened his assembly with the following powerful statement: “Holocaust Memorial Day is One Day – 27th January – that we put aside to come together to remember, to learn about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur, in the hope that there may be ‘One Day’ in the future with no genocide. We learn more about the past, we emphasise with others today and we take action for a better tomorrow.”