On Monday 28 January, Croydon Council held a ceremony at the Town Hall to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, marking an international day of remembrance. Children from local schools were invited to enter an essay competition and were given the theme ‘Torn from Home’, with the winners chosen by the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. Jake Dennis entered his essay and was thrilled to be awarded a high commendation and invitation to read his essay at the civic event.
The day began with a candle-lighting ceremony in the foyer of Croydon Town Hall, followed by presentations by Riddlesdown Collegiate and Oasis Academy Coulsdon, and a moving talk by Mrs Chantal Uwamahoro, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. The essay winners were then invited to read their essays in front of an audience which included the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Hamida Ali, Councillor Tony Newman and Marilyn Arbisman from the Croydon Synagogue.
Jake commented, “I really enjoyed the experience and being part of a service that commemorates something so important. I also had the opportunity to meet the Mayor and Councillor Hamida Ali.”
Four Whitgift students from the Whitgift String Quartet; Krystof Kohout (Violin), Luka Perazic (Violin), Kosta Popovic (Cello) and Uriel Vilchez Meza (Viola), ended the day by playing a rendition of Schindler’s List by John Williams.