This year’s first House newsletter is available to read here. It details what’s been happening in and around school over the first half of this year. Please take a spare minute to look through at all of the incredible achievements of your fellow students and colleagues – you never know, you could be famous.
On Monday 30th January we took 20 Year 8 students to the annual Trafford Holocaust Memorial Day event at Sale Waterside. This event, attended by the Mayor, local Councillors and representatives from all of the Trafford High Schools as well as survivors (and now descendants of survivors) from the Holocaust, is a deeply emotional event.
We have established a proud tradition of not only attending this event but also of presenting a thought provoking and relevant contribution to the proceedings. This year was no different. Using the theme “And life goes on” our students told the story of Stretford High School’s involvement with the Salford to Calais organisation and the Dunkirk Refugee Camp School. Our students drew parallels between the plight of refugees in Europe today with those from the Holocaust over 70 years ago.
Our students had prepared a powerful presentation that fitted beautifully with those produced by the other Trafford Schools. I was, as always, proud to see our students stand up for themselves and also for the most vulnerable people within Europe at the moment. Perhaps the whole meaning of Holocaust Memorial Day has taken on extra significance in the light of recent political events around the world. If so then I’m glad that our students have a sense that they have a role to play in helping to shape our response.