Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday 27th January marked 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War.
To mark this event Year 9 students took part in a Holocaust Memorial Day, designed to broaden students understanding and perspective of the Holocaust, illustrate how genocides have occurred since and why it is so significant to remember these atrocities to ensure they do not happen again.
Firstly students were introduced to Auschwitz. They explored the deportations, life in the camp, survival and resistance. Students looked at some of the British heroes of the Holocaust and how they managed to save many from a fate that would have met them at the concentration and death camps.
Year 9 were brilliant in using the evocative subject matter to produce some excellent artwork and drama pieces that ensures these stories are not forgotten.
Finally they were shown how discrimination still exists today by exploring more recent genocides such as Rwanda and Darfur.
The day was a great success and Year 9 students were very moved by what they learned and came up with some great ideas on how to commemorate victims and survivors.
Mr Byrne