The Power of Words

We have a second blog this week from the students.  This one comes from three of our Year 6 students who were part of a larger group who were invited to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service at St Annes Synagogue.

This year, we were privileged to be a part of the ‘Holocaust Memorial Day’ celebrations that took place at St. Anne’s Synagogue.  We were learning about and remembering the people who died in the Holocaust.

During the memorial three other schools contributed showing a presentation on ‘the power of words’ (which was the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial). We performed a poem called ‘Human Beings’ by Adrian Mitchell – which shows that we are all humans and that we should all be treated equally no matter what race, religion or gender.

After all the schools had performed there was a moving address by Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines about her experience on the Kinder Transport. She brought in her sister’s luggage label and other accessories. A PowerPoint presentation showed a poem called ‘First They Came’ which is about the Nazis coming to collect the Jewish people to take them to the concentration camps.

There was also candle lighting where students from each of the schools lit a candle in memory of someone who had died during the course of the Holocaust. There were six candles to represent six of the 6 million people who died.

Towards the end of the memorial a gentleman recited a poem called ‘Never Again’ and spoke a few prayers in Hebrew and English. At the end we were awarded with a certificate for contributing to the event.

Parts of the service were very moving, and some of us found it quite difficult to listen and watch some of the pieces. We do think that it is important to find out about this event though because it is important to remember and to be able to make sure that it never happens again.

We would like to thank Mr Conway for giving us the opportunity to be part of such a special memorial.

Anya, Jessica and Jonah – Year 6