On Wednesday 25th January 2012, the whole of Year 8 took part in a Holocaust Memorial Excel Day project. Pupils focused on this years theme of “Speak up, Speak Out”, and undertook a variety of activities organised jointly by the Drama and History departments.
Pupils watched a moving and thought-provoking performance of “Then they came for me”, a play based on the life of Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss, performed by a professional theatre company. They will be showing the same play to the United Nations later this year. Some pupils met Harry Olmer, a survivor of the Holocaust who moved to England after the war was over and whose children attended Kingsbury High School in the 1960’s. Other pupils were able to ask the director of the play Nic Careem questions on the play and the wider issues around the Holocaust. Both sessions were excellent, and the questions and behaviour of the pupils was outstanding.
Pupils also created artwork, poems, letters and other creative responses to the poem “And then they came for me”. The level of thought and effort was astonishing, and the pupils produced wonderful pieces for display.
A massive thank you to all students and staff for making this day such a success, and for all of their hard work.