Today is Holocaust Memorial Day where we, as a school community come together to remember, reflect, pray and bear witness for those who endured genocide, and to honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
All students in Y9 attended the SHOAH memorial service and listened to the profound words by Mr Scriven and Mr Neal. Mr O’Farrell told the students about the life of Anne Frank and read from her diary.
Candles were lit by students and a poem called ‘the Butterfly’ was read. The first 6 candles were lit to represent the 6 million Jews who suffered the silent pain of the holocaust.
Candles 7 and 8 were lit to represent the Gentiles who helped their Jewish brothers and sisters in their hour of darkness.
The final candle represents hope, hope that NEVER AGAIN will any nation or people be carried away in such a catastrophic whirlwind as the SHOAH.
If you and your family would like to like to learn more about this international day of remembrance (marked on this day 27th January as it is the date that marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp) please visit https://www.hmd.org.uk/