Millthorpe marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Staff and students at Millthorpe joined thousands of people across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Wednesday 27 January. In the morning student took part in special lessons run by the History, RE and MFL departments, aimed at achieving a better understanding of the Holocaust that took place in the Second World War and what the Holocaust means today. In the afternoon students watched a film about the White Rose non-violent German resistance movement. At the end of the day students wrote their thoughts onto pieces of card and we have hung these on a memory tree in Reception. Students thought about what they had learned, what had moved them the most and what they will do differently as a consequence. You can read a selection of the cards in the gallery below and please take a moment to look at the memory tree next time you are in school.

This year was our seventh Holocaust Memorial Day at Millthorpe and we were pleased to welcome Creative Learning Partnerships, a theatre in education group, to take part in the day. Three actors from York St John University performed a 20 minute play to all of our Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The play was written by Colin Jackson and is based on the words of Ibi Ginsburg, a Holocaust survivor from the Second World War. It is a powerful and thought provoking piece, which underlines the importance of our collective responsibility to stop prejudice and discrimination.

Three actors from York St John University perform the play to students

Three actors from York St John University perform the play to students

Following the performance, a group of 30 Year 9 students took part in a drama workshop run by Colin Jackson and the actors. Students explored their reactions to the play and human rights abuses taking place both in this country and across the world.

Colin Jackson works

Colin Jackson with Year 9 students in the drama workshop

If any parents and carers would like to see the play, Creative Learning Partnerships will be performing it on Sunday 31 January, 6.15pm at York Explore Library. The play is suitable for children aged 11 and over and is free to attend.

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