Bushey Meads hosts the Hertfordshire Holocaust Memorial Ceremony
Last Thursday evening Bushey Meads played host to the memorial ceremony for the whole of Hertfordshire. It was a great honour for the school to be asked to host this event, and we were delighted to accept when we were approached last Spring.
This is an annual event to remember the deceased and all of those affected by racism, discrimination and persecution across the world. The ceremony consisted of musical and drama performances from local schools. The guest of honour was Ziggy Shipper, a holocaust survivor. He gave a moving testimony of his experiences. Many of the students who attended the event asked questions of Ziggy at the end and I was overwhelmed by the interest from so many students who were there asking me afterwards if we could invite Ziggy back to talk to all their friends too. His testimony of the Holocaust was harrowing, but his message to all of those listening was inspiring.
The event consisted of drama and music performances from local schools – Bushey Meads and Little Reddings, Ashfield, Queens, Watford Boys and Bushey Academy. A number of parents / carers of students performing were disappointed they were not able to attend but unfortunately we were hosting the event and not responsible for the allocation of seating. My apologies to those parents.
I would like to thank all of the staff who participated in organising this event – Mr Knowles, Mrs Lavelle, Ms Wright, Mr Heywood, Mr Thomson and Mrs Armitage my PA for pulling the whole event together. I would also like to thank all our students who participated, including all those behind the scenes – stage hands, lighting technicians etc who play an equal part in the success of an event such as this. Finally I would like to thank Lisa Kassapian, working for SACRE Hertfordshire, for approaching Bushey Meads to host such a prestigious event.