Monday 27th January marked Holocaust Memorial Day and this year’s theme was ‘Journeys’. Two of our sixth year Advanced Higher history pupils, Robbie Christie and Robbie Hannah, recently visited Auschwitz as part of the Lessons From Auschwitz project. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, they spoke to year group assemblies about their experiences and how they were affected by the visit. They also created a display in the Street which included some photographs of their own journey and a display of old shoes to encourage pupils to think about the millions of lives that were lost.
East Renfrewshire Council also organised a Holocaust memorial event on Tuesday 28th January at St Ninian’s High School which was hosted by Provost Alastair Carmichael. This event was an opportunity for our community to come together and remember the millions of people who lost their lives or had their lives changed forever, not only during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution, but also during subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. At this event, sixth year pupils from across the seven secondary schools in the council spoke about their journey and the impact that it has made to their lives. Robbie made an important contribution to the event which proved to be a moving and thought-provoking experience for all in attendance.