As part of our Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations, a group of Year 12 students led an assembly reflecting on this year's theme, 'Standing Together'.
It was a privilege to hear personal testimony from two of our students who shared accounts which brought home the uncertainty, fear and horror that became commonplace during the Holocaust. In keeping with the theme, we also shared information about the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia, and our students emphasised the importance of standing together in the face of injustice, prejudice and discrimination in the current climate.
After the assembly, students throughout the school were invited to contribute to a 'Remembrance Tree' (kindly created by our DT Technician, Kelly Patterson) to allow the community to reflect on the atrocities of the past and present, and to share hopes for the future. The memorial has given staff and students an opportunity to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in a more meaningful way through writing a thought, hope or action on a label and attaching it to the tree. We hope that it gives a physical sign that as a community we remember, commemorate and stand together.
You can see a selection of the labels hung on the tree in our image gallery.
Mrs Bullard & Mr Martyn
Head of RPE & Assistant Head of Senior School and History Teacher