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Stoke Damerel Community College

School remembers victims of genocide on Holocaust Memorial Day

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Students at Stoke Damerel Community College have been remembering Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January with a series of special projects as part of their remote learning.

KS3 students in Years 7 and 8 received an online history lesson about the Holocaust, and were invited to create a memorial picture or piece of writing to reflect this year’s theme of ‘Be the light in the darkness’.

Students have emailed in their work for inclusion in a display in The Street - the display will remain in place until the end of the week (Friday 29 January). They were also asked to place their work in the windows of their homes at 8pm on Holocaust Memorial Day, as a way of remembering all those lost in genocides around the world.

The activities were organised by Miss Booth in EBacc. Miss Booth said: “Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and it is a day when we remember those who were murdered by the Nazis, and also those who have been killed in genocides since then.

“I’m so proud to be a History teacher and encourage my students to do work like this to show they remember those people who were lost to hatred and prejudice. As this this year’s theme is ‘Be the light in the dark,’ and in a world where things seem so dark, we are stressing how important it is to be kind.”

She added: “We haven’t been able to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in the way that we usually do, but we are delighted that our students have produced wonderful creative work so that we can again have a special display in The Street.