Remembering the ‘journey’ for Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in East Dunbartonshire last week with a poignant and moving assembly at Kirkintilloch High School.

This year’s theme was ‘Journeys’ and how they could became an intrinsic part of the genocide itself.

Invited guests, councillors and the school community were invited ‘to take a step’ for Holocaust Memorial Day as they came together in remembrance of victims of genocide atrocities around the world.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It is inspiring to see the commitment and work that has been undertaken by teachers and pupils to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust atrocities.

“It is important we provide these victims with a voice and share their story to better understand this devastating period in history.

“This is the fifth year that Kirkintilloch High School has hosted the event. Every year they deliver a though provoking and varied programme and this year’s mix of drama, music and art provided many moments of reflection.”

Those who attended were very moved by some of the poignant performances on the night by the many participants from across the school year groups.

Both S3 drama classes were involved as they performed two pieces of drama while S2 English pupils read from the novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’.

The sixth year drama group of Beth Finnie, Alexander Kirkman, Natasha McSherry and Emma Sinclair delivered their own powerful play ‘Defiance’ while there were moving musical performances from the school choir and a duet from Rebecca Nicholson and Martin Greer.

Sixth year pupils Megan Carroll and Caitlin McFadden also spoke poignantly as they reflected on their visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau last October with the Holocaust Memorial Trust.

Head teacher Eddie Muir said: “Once again our pupils have acquitted themselves superbly in tackling the subject of the holocaust atrocity in a strongly personal way, with sensitivity and a strong depth of understanding.

“I know our audience and invited guests were deeply touched by our pupils’ performances, whether expressed through music, drama or the spoken word.”