“The children have been thinking and remembering about this event that happened in history but they’re also getting involved themselves which is a really important thing.”
Revd. Mick Williams, University Chaplain
Primary schoolchildren joined staff and students at Staffordshire University to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 with a range of hands-on activities.
Three schools from the Staffordshire University Academies Trust - Littleton Green Community, Moorgate Primary Academy and John Wheeldon Primary – played a part in a Holocaust remembrance service led by University Chaplain, Revd. Mick Williams.
This featured readings and poems from pupils and a prayer for the dead led by the Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffs Hebrew Congregation.
In keeping with the theme 'Don’t Stand By', Revd. Mick and Students' Union Officers invited attendees to make pledges of kindness, which were attached to a giant pledge wall.
“The centrepiece of our event has been about making pledges – small acts of kindness that make a big difference in the world.” explained Revd. Mick.
“The children have been thinking and remembering about this event that happened in history but they're also getting involved themselves which is a really important thing.”
In the afternoon, third year Acting and Theatre Arts students led drama workshops with the schoolchildren. In preparation, the drama students visited the National Holocaust Centre where they met survivor Arek Hersh.
The workshops explored how victims were marginalised during the Holocaust.
Charlotte Dovey explained: “We wanted to put it across in a fun way that the children would understand – that didn't drag the mood down but still commemorated the Holocaust."
Year 6 Ben Leese from John Wheeldon Primary School took part: “It was a very clever way of letting us do activities that were really fun. Then we learned the meaning behind them and they were linked to the Holocaust.”
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