On 27 January, which is Holocaust Memorial Day, two Ridgeway students – Phoebe Clarke and Kieron McMahon – delivered a presentation to all Wirral schools, along with important local leaders, including the deputy mayor, about their trip to Auschwitz and Krakow, which took place in June 2015.
Both Phoebe and Kieron were able to explain what they learnt about their time in Poland and how it had changed how they see the world now. Also in the audience was Joanna Millan, herself a Holocaust survivor, who was taking part in Wirral’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. At the end of the event Phoebe and Kieron were presented with signed copies of Joanna’s book, Orphaned and Alone: The Story of One Holocaust Survivor.
Earlier in January, 19 Ridgeway students attended a special event in Liverpool, as part of their preparations for their forthcoming Poland visit in June.
They spent some time in school learning about the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 mainly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in 1939. At the FACT media arts centre in Liverpool, they watched a moving film about this rescue and were able to hear the testimony of one of those survivors, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines. Students listened to Lady Milena’s story, and were moved by seeing the objects that she brought with her, which brought her story to life. The message that she left them with was simply to “be a decent person”.