On Monday 28th January, a group of Year 8 students visited Durham Cathedral to listen to Holocaust survivor, Ruth Barnett, and participated in workshops about prejudice and discrimination. During the morning, students took part in activities which highlighted the dangers of prejudice and discrimination as well as considering the lessons we can learn from the Holocaust. Also, we had the opportunity to visit the Anne Frank exhibition.
In the afternoon, Ruth spoke about her experience of the Holocaust and the impact it has had on her life. Ruth, who was only four years old at the time, described her experience of Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken glass) and how she was sent to England on a Kindertransport. During her time in England, Ruth and brotherlived in three foster-families and a hostel during the ten years they were separated from their parents. She went on to explain the difficulty in piecing her life back together after the Holocaust and the struggle to rebuild her relationship with her mother.
It was a very thought provoking and moving day. Well done to all the students involved who represented the school brilliantly.
Mr Johnson and Miss Newton