The theme of this week’s Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘Standing Together’. As part of our commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, students from St Mary’s Catholic School, near Saffron Walden, joined pupils at both the Boys’ and the Girls’ Schools. In addition, girls from Copthall and Barnet Hill Academy, which is a Muslim school, were welcomed to the activities which had been planned with great care by Mrs Abecasis.
A teacher from one of the schools told me that they study Judaism as part of their RS GCSE but that her students had never met Jewish people. The visit certainly helped to dispel any stereotypes on both sides and it was lovely to see all the students mixing so well together.
In our divided and fractured world, it is important for us to seize any opportunity which brings people together and helps to dispel the bigotry which can come with ignorance. We will be exploring how we can deepen and extend the links we have made already so that we can truly stand together in defence of the British values which we all hold dear.
Mrs K Brice
Headteacher – Girls’ School