To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 students from St Mary’s, along with students from three other Croydon Schools, took part in Croydon Council’s commemorative service in the presence of the Mayor, council officials and special guest, Wlodka Robertson, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.
The event began with the lighting of a memorial candle at the Town Hall was followed by a special service in the Council Chamber where students from the four schools gave presentations on various aspects of the Holocaust. St Mary’s students presented their work on a special ‘Postcard Project' where they read out messages to victims of the Holocaust using information from this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Trust theme of The Power of Words.
Holocaust survivor, Wlodka Robertson, spoke movingly of her memories of life in the Warsaw Ghetto, recalling her experience of the Holocaust and how we must help combat hate in the modern world.
During the week leading up to Holocaust Memorial Day special assemblies were held for each year group at our school using resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Not only were victims of the Nazi Holocaust remembered, but also those who suffered in more recent genocides.