Mrs A Wallis, Deputy Year Leader: Year 11 and HLTA, writes;
To show support within the community, Stanborough School were invited to join other schools from Welwyn and Hatfield at a Holocaust Memorial event. All the schools that attended performed presentations on Nazi Persecution, the Holocaust and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia at an event called ‘Stand Together’.
The students that took part in the event were Sarah Pennell and Joseph Lansiquot, both from 9BM and Jack Hadley from 10H. They were able to explain the effects and events that Anne Frank’s family experienced during the Holocaust. Laura Wells chaired the whole proceedings and introduced all the schools.
The event took place at the Campus West Theatre on Monday 27th January. After the performances all the students and staff were able to go out on to the Campus outdoor arena where there was two minutes silence to show respect for all the atrocities that people have endured over many years. There was then the release of Symbolic Peace Doves, followed by refreshments. The students were able to browse the brilliant art work that the students in Year 9 created to portray the atrocities from the holocaust and the genocides.
The students and staff were very moved by the whole experience and the respect the students showed was outstanding.
“I really enjoyed the experience as I think it is important for us to learn about all these genocides so they don’t happen again. We are the people that can do something about it as it is our future.” Sarah Pennell 9BM
“I really enjoyed the Holocaust Memorial Day because it helped me understand how people suffered during that time.” Joseph Lansiquot 9BM
“It was an honour to be invited to the Holocaust event. I had the pleasure of introducing all the secondary schools who produced wonderful, informative performances and presentations.” Laura Wells 10K
The students were fantastic and were a real credit to the school. It was a very emotional morning, but each and every student showed compassion and understanding. It was a pleasure to experience such an important world event with them. Well done to all those who performed and participated in the morning.