10:13am Monday 27th January 2014
By Kate Wilson
Pupils and staff from Severn Vale School have joined forces with Gloucestershire fire and rescue service to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day.
Pupils from the school in School Lane, Quedgeley, have arranged a wide programme of music, drama, and artistic displays in support of the day which takes place today, Monday.
In remembrance of all the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides throughout the world there will be a reading of the Jewish prayer the “Kaddish” followed by a minutes’ silence.
Head girl Chloe Meek and head boy William Court will also hand a Legacy of Hope baton to Donna Potts of SkillZONE which is based at Gloucester South Fire Station.
Headteacher Peter Rowland said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be involved in this important event. “Our thanks go to all those who have helped organise this and enable young people to participate in such important life lessons.”
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “This year’s theme is about journeys. It asks the attendees to think of all those people who have suddenly been declared a non-person, stripped of their possessions, their rights and forced into hiding or to flee somewhere else.
“Imagine yourself in this position and then think of others who genuinely are.”
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