This year, as most children are home learning and schools are providing educational resources for key worker and vulnerable children, Lichfield Cathedral has created a suite of resources for parents and teachers to use in their respective settings.
On the day itself, Wednesday 27 January, the Cathedral will be hosting an online service for schools and pupils in home schooling. This online service will feature an act of reflection with members of the Cathedral clergy and beautiful music.
The service will resonate with this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Trust theme: ‘Be the Light in the Darkness.’
There will be an opportunity for students to join in a time of quiet reflection and a reading featuring students from local schools of the poem ‘We Remember Them’ by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer, which has been recorded remotely in accordance with social distancing.
The service is aimed at pupils in KS4, but all school years are welcome if teachers or parents feel it is appropriate.
Online resources for KS2 and KS3 have also been developed including a presentation with question prompts, lesson activity, relevant word definitions and teacher support document. They are available to download from the Lichfield Cathedral's website.
Gregory Platten, Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral commented: ‘At a time of global instability, where minorities continue to be persecuted and murdered for their difference, it is vital that we come together in community to remember. Lichfield Cathedral has long been committed to honouring this day, recalling the Shoah, and subsequent Holocausts. We are painfully aware that when we fail to remember past horrors, they can too easily be repeated. As we come together on Holocaust Memorial Day in solemn remembrance for all who have died through the hatred of Holocausts, we also commit ourselves to build a world where difference is a cause for celebration, not murder or hatred.'
If your school is interested in taking part, please contact
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