23 Apr 2020
Social distancing requirements have led to a drastic change in the way we interact.
Gatherings that we have always taken for granted, such as our school ANZAC assembly and ANZAC Day have been banned or modified and we have had to find new ways to adapt.
This year's Yom Hashoah commemoration was a very important one, marking 75 years since the liberation of the death camps and concentration camps in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II. Each year, the number of survivors decreases, so it is vitally important to ensure the collective memory of The Holocaust (or Shoah) is sustained. This event is normally held at Masada College each year but, this year, the organisers prerecorded the event and made it available on Facebook and YouTube.
A very moving ceremony, it reminded us of the need for vigilance in the face of resurgent anti-Semitism around the world.
All students in Year 10 Mandatory History at Ku-ring-gai High School complete a unit of study of The Holocaust and make a site visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum. Additionally, students study a range of texts across year groups in English that deal with issues of The Holocaust and other forms of prejudice.
If you wish to view the Yom Hashoah commemoration, it is available at https://youtu.be/_t6CvYLe7-Q .