Throughout the week commencing 24th January, the School marked Holocaust Memorial Day with readings, thoughts and prayers shared via the ‘Connect’ resources used in tutor time. On Holocaust Memorial Day itself, tutor groups watched a recorded assembly that reflected on the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The School remembered how many people were not able to live ‘life in all its fullness’, and how important it is to make a stand against injustice. A small group of Year 9 students was also able to mark the day by attending a special screening of ‘Waiting for Anya’ at the New Park Centre – a story focused on the Holocaust written by Michael Morpurgo. They were also able to hear from the screen writer, and participate in a follow-up workshop.
As Zak Leahy (9Sherborne), who attended the screening, wrote:
“The first thing I noticed when watching ‘Waiting for Anya’ was the music and spectacular scenery. Also the storyline really helped me understand what it was like for others during the Holocaust. Even though I’ve watched many other WWII and Holocaust films this is the one that stands out from the others. The acting was amazing and had me on the edge of my seat! Overall it was an incredible educational experience and helped me understand the Holocaust. It also reminds me how important it is to remember the lives that where lost during this tragedy”.
My thanks must go to Mr Petts, and Mrs Fowles for accompanying the trip, and to Mrs Grove for her support with the logistics of the visit.
Mr J Barnett, Head of Humanities