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Students and staff mark Holocaust Memorial Day

 

On Thursday 27th January, the History, Philosophy and Art departments joined forces to hold an after school event to mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial day.

Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 were invited to paint stones which will be displayed at the opening of a new museum in London. Over fifty students attended, all of whom produced very thoughtful and inspiring artwork on their stones. Mrs Seymour from our History department delivered a presentation to the students about the importance of commemorating the six million Jewish people who lost their lives during the Shoah (as it is called by the Jewish community), and encouraged students to think about the victims of subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia. Staff also had help from several Sixth Form students who also contributed their own painted stones, whilst helping and guiding younger students.

The stones will be sent to London, where they will be arranged into a display, in preparation for the opening of the new UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, marking the Jewish tradition of placing a pebble on headstones when visiting a grave. Our stones will join those sent from schools all over the country, each one a unique commitment to remember and learn from the past.