Mrs A. Wallis, Deputy Year Leader for Year 10, writes:
To show support within the community, Stanborough School were invited to join other schools from Welwyn and Hatfield, to 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 ‘Torn from Home’. Stanborough performed their work on the Genocide in Rwanda. The students wrote and performed some amazing and very moving poetry. Many thanks to those students who worked so hard, Amy-May Ashley, Freya Elsley, Bryony Dickinson-Williams, Frayer Gower, Phoebe Gordon, Roxana Facalet and Louis Jackson, who introduced each poem with such compassion.
The event took place at the Campus West Theatre on Monday 28th January. After the performances all the students and staff were able to go out on to the Campus Outdoor arena where there was one minute’s 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 did 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 going to the Holocaust event, it helped me to understand. It was well organised and everyone showed respect towards the holocaust.’ Roxana Facalet 10S
‘The holocaust event was very moving and made me think about those who lost their lives. It was very emotional when the poems were read and when the doves were released.’ Frayer Gower 10B
‘Last Monday was the Holocaust Memorial Day, the event was amazing, yet very sombre. The stories delivered were heart-breaking and a beautiful eye opener to how we should make the world better due to the world’s historic events. It was extremely moving and worth every moment.’ Robyn Elliott 10H
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 real pleasure to experience with them such an important world event. Well done to all those who performed and participated in the morning.