23 year 8 students were chosen to take part in the day because of the A2L in history lessons. The day involved the students listening to the story of a Holocaust survivor named Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines. Students were able to find out about how she managed to escape Nazi rule in Czechoslovakia and her parents made the ultimate sacrifice of letting her and her sister leave on a train to Britain, this later became known as the Kindertransport.
After her talk, students were given the opportunity to ask Lady Milena questions and Blacon High Students asked some wonderful and insightful questions. During the afternoon, our students took part in two activities, this involved creating a piece of art to remember the Holocaust and most students wanted to use the hashtag- standtogether as this is being used to remember in 2020. A second workshop allowed students to use historical sources to find out about a Dutch Jewish family who gave their son up for adoption in order to save his life, unfortunately the parents were killed on arrival in Auschwitz.
The final part of the day gave students the opportunity to reflect on the day and to leave a message on a wish tree in the Cathedral. The students were an absolute credit to the school and the history department looks forward to taking another group of students next year. If you need any further information please let me know.