Monday 27th January marked Holocaust Memorial Day where communities across the world are asked to come together to remember those affected by genocide. The theme for 2014 is ‘Journeys’ and S3 students at Lochgilphead High School decided to use the Kindertransport, where Jewish children were removed from their families and sent to safety in Britain, as the focus for their presentation to P7 and S2 students in the campus.
The special assembly began in near total darkness providing a fitting atmosphere for students welcomed by the theme from ‘Schindler’s List’, played on the violin. Students told the stories of Bob and Ann, two children taken from their families and sent to Britain as part of the Kindertransport – they never saw their families again. Then the Pastor Niemoller poem ‘First they came’ was read.
P7 students who came along to the assembly were clearly affected by what they heard; ‘We have heard about the Nazis in Germany but the Kindertransport was new to us. I can’t imagine being taken from my mum and dad like that.’
S3 students studied the Holocaust in PSE lessons and were challenged to think about the role we each play in the lives of others. This presentation allowed members of the campus community to come together and reflect on our journeys, the past and its relevance in our world today.
E Donald and O Kerr