Holocaust Memorial Day

AN INSPIRING assembly marked Holocaust Memorial Day at Kirkintilloch High School last week, bringing pupils of all ages together to highlight the dangers of intolerance and disrespect.

For five years this assembly has taken place in the school, leading East Dunbartonshire in the message of remembrance for the events of the Holocaust of WWII. This year saw two performances of the event, one for first year pupils to observe, and another in the evening for parents, other pupils and guests from the council.
As ever this occasion was a memorable one, highlighting the various talents of the pupils of Kirkintilloch High School. Last week’s assembly, on this year’s theme of Building Bridges, saw two mesmerising drama performances, performances of dramatic monologues written by pupils, beautiful performances from the school choir, and a talk from two senior pupils about their emotional trip to Auschwitz-Berkenau.
The evening performance also featured a talk from Callum Henderson from the charity Comfort Rwanda; providing a powerful message that genocide is not something that is confined to history.
Joanne McLaughlin, the principal teacher of drama at Kirkintilloch High School, pulled the event together, with the help of some other members of staff.
She said “It’s fantastic to see what our young people can achieve with this event every year. For five years our pupils have impressed us with their maturity in handling such a sensitive subject, and they always make us proud with fantastic final performances.
“Everything that is seen in the assembly has been put together by the pupils, whether it is drama performances, presentations of personal experience, or creative writing. It’s a very valuable experience for all the pupils involved, whether as performers or members of the audience.“
Head teacher Eddie Muir was also impressed with the work and commitment of pupils in putting together this event. He said: “Every year the assembly is very different, yet every year our pupils do a fantastic job of pulling together a performance that is both entertaining and thought provoking.
“Once again our pupils have done us proud, and shown us that they understand the importance of this event and the message it is designed to put across.
“We try and uphold a culture of respect at Kirkintilloch High School, and with our Holocaust Memorial Day assemblies our pupils have regularly shown us that they appreciate the importance of this message, both in school and beyond it.”