On Friday 27th January, children from Year 6 were given the honour to represent Essex Primary School at the Holocaust Memorial Day event. The event was attended by many dignitaries including Rokhsana Fiaz (Mayor of Newham OBE), Kim Bromley-Derry (Deputy Lieutenant CBE), Councillor Joshua Garfield, Colin Ansell (Chief Executive of Newham Council), Michael Bibring (Holocaust Educational Trust and son of Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring, 1925 – 2019).
The theme was ‘Ordinary People’. There were an array of speakers, performers and musicians sharing their interpretation of this theme. Our representatives wrote and performed a deeply moving and profound poem called, ‘Zero-Hero’. Within their words, they depicted brilliantly the role of the ‘ordinary person’ and how powerful those people can be. They showcased how everyone has the responsibility and power to stand up against injustice. The entire event ended with a minute of quiet reflection and a candle lighting ceremony – each of the 6 candles representing 1 million people that had died. Our pupils were visibly moved by the event and represented our school in a respectful and responsible way.