In ordinary times, at the end of the summer term, the Humanities Department hold a Holocaust Enrichment Day for Year 9 students. Eager to ensure that our current Year 9 students do not miss out on learning the important lessons from this most horrific period of history, Year 9 Humanities lessons are going to be a bit different over the next two weeks. In addition to lessons on key themes such as pre-war Jewish life, perpetrators and bystanders, the camps, and commemoration, Year 9 students will also be listening to Holocaust survivor testimonies provided by the Holocaust Education Trust. Usually a Holocaust survivor visits CCS to deliver their testimony in person and this always has a powerful impact on our students.
This year, all our students can watch pre-recorded testimonies, and some (on a first come first serve basis) will have the opportunity to take part in a Live Zoom Event where they can listen and pose question to a Holocaust survivor. In addition to this, our year 12 Holocaust Ambassadors, Charlie Atkins, Rachael Molloy, Ellie Thurley and Jamie Waller, who earlier in the year took part in projects which led them to visit Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, have put together recorded video presentations of their experiences and reflections. It promises to be a very interesting two weeks in Humanities for our Year 9s and its lessons of fighting out prejudice and discrimination in all its forms, remains powerfully relevant today.