To mark Holocaust Memorial Day this year, students will be creating a piece of artwork to reflect on remembering the Holocaust. This will be delivered with some reflection work during Personal Development lessons and displayed outside the school hall. In addition to this, Year 9 Humanities students will be visited by Joanna Millan who has kindly agreed to share her personal testimony with us. Joanna and her mother were taken from their home and sent to the Terezín in 1943. In 1945, the Red Cross took control of the camp and Joanna was eventually liberated.

In addition to our work on Holocaust remembrance we also have a group of 32 students and 4 members of staff who will be taking part in an educational visit to Poland in February. Students will visit and speak to a variety of people to explore the events of the Holocaust. On the first day students will be exploring Schindler’s Factory Museum, having a guided tour of Galicia Jewish Museum and meeting with a Concentration Camp Survivor. The second day will consist of a guided visit of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is our first school visit to Poland and we hope that students will have a memorable experience which they can share with others upon their return.