Holocaust Memorial Day
We have marked Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering the 6,000,000 Jewish men, women and children that were murdered just for being Jewish. The children have been thinking about other examples of hate and discrimination, some of which still go on today, but also about how we can fight against them with love and light.
In our sharing worship today, we lit candles and shared our work from this week. Year 5 shared poems using powerful imagery about love and hate and Maple Class demonstrated a dance taught by a Rwandan dancer called Hope Azeda, who lost family members in the genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. Cherry Class created posters showing symbols which represent love and hate to them and Ash Class created a huge candle flame from their hand prints and taught the rest of the school the actions to 'Peace is Flowing Like a River', which we all sang together.
Our Year Six children held our usual small service at Brightwalton Memorial to mark Armistice Day. Reverend Miri Keen led the service, with the children reciting the poem 'In Flanders Fields' and laying a wreath, along with other attendees. Oliver played the Last Post and Reveille.
In school the other children held a short act of remembrance and sang 'I the Lord of Sea and Sky'.
We also raised money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal through our sales of poppies and related items in school.