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A flowering cherry tree presented to the College to mark Holocaust Memorial Day has been planted in a ceremony attended by students and MP Oliver Colvile.

Stoke Damerel Community College was one of a number of schools given a flowering cherry tree and a resource pack by Plymouth SACRE – the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education – at Plympton Academy on 20 January.
The final planting was the culmination of two weeks’ of events at the College centred around HMD including a week hosting the Anne Frank Trust exhibition A History For Today.

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The tree was planted by Mr Colvile with the help of the College’s Modern Britain Council on 27 January 2017.

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The Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP first spent time looking at the HMD display in The Street put together by students who had acted as peer guides for the Anne Frank exhibition.

Students and visitors were also invited to write on a paper leaf reflecting on the Holocaust or with a pledge to make the world a better place and Mr Colvile wrote his own and then hung it on the tree at the centre of the display alongside the others.

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We are privileged that Mr Colvile came to help us plant the tree and take part in our Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony,” said Mrs Burn, the College’s Modern Britain co-ordinator.

“We have spent the past two weeks looking at Anne Frank’s story across year groups and across the curriculum and it has been an amazing experience for students and staff and has underlined the need for tolerance and mutual respect in our modern world.”

Year 7 student Harley said: “If anyone has the chance to see the exhibition they should.


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“It teaches you about the way the world works and it makes you think about what you can do yourself to stop terrible things happening again."

Jonathan Marshall from SACRE said: “The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise the most challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations.

“Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 asks us all to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. We must strive to live more compassionately, respecting and celebrating differences to create a better present and future.”

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