We Were Only Children 15/02/21

On Wednesday 27th January, as many of our students remembered the millions of people that were killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur, they reflected on what life would have been like for a child at that time. Students thought of how they feel during the current pandemic, and how they are locked in at home, however safe from the virus. This led our students to think about the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’, which may have been faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide during the Holocaust. One Year 11 student reflected on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, and has written a beautiful poem entitled ‘We Were Only Children’ from the perspective of a child during World War II. Well done Maryem Al-attaoui, your poem is absolutely moving.

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