Holocaust Memorial Day
Today, 27th January, is Holocaust Memorial Day.
This date in January marks the time when in 1945, 78 years ago, the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz in Poland was liberated by the allies. Since 2001, this date has become the day when we remember the millions of Jews who died in those camps, as well as those who have died in the other genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.
At Kendrick on this day every year we have a whole school assembly to inform our community about such events and remember the people involved. We also highlight the work of the Holocaust Memorial Trust and consider the theme that the trust suggests each year for us to consider. This year the theme is Ordinary People and a few of our A Level History students prepared a presentation on this theme for the assembly. In addition, a new display has been put up in the library and vestibule and our annual Holocaust Poetry Competition has been launched. Also, two of the history students will be embarking on a visit to Auschwitz on the Lessons from Auschwitz programme sponsored by the Trust next month.
The Kendrick Pledge came about from a visit made to Auschwitz over 10 years ago with two History students on the Lessons from Auschwitz programme. The lesson brought back from the trip was a determination to inform our community of the worst of human behaviour and try to teach our community how they can be the best versions of themselves. Our pledge is an aspiration that is intended for all of us to endeavour to be a decent and caring individual, kind and respectful to others.
We the students, staff and friends of Kendrick School
pledge to uphold the values of friendship, kindness and respect.
We promise to stand against prejudice and ignorance and injustice in all its forms,
promoting the values of equality, tolerance and justice for all.
Ms Christine Kattirtzi