After making her appearing on 27th January 2015 on the morning edition of BBC Breakfast as an ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust, 6th Form Pent Valley student Charlotte (Lottie) Schulze, organised and hosted a commemorative Holocaust event, the same evening at the school.
Hosting with Jodie Herzog, another 6th Form Pent Valley student, the duo spoke eloquently about the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
Both students had previously visited the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and the things they witnessed caused them intense distress. However, it was the things they did not see that affected them the most. They realised that the Holocaust not only destroyed lives, but led to a loss of community and culture as well, and this was the theme for their Holocaust event. With songs and dances performed by Pent Valley students the evening was a great success, which ended with a ceremonial lighting of candles. The audience were then offered a variety of foods from different cultures to sample.
As the only school in the Folkestone to produced work for a Holocaust display wall in the Town Hall, Pent Valley were pleased to receive a telephone call from a member of the public, expressing her thanks for the display, which she found especially moving as her mother’s story was illustrated on the display wall.
Mrs Zoe Baker Raising Standards Leader at Pent Valley and Educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust, said;
“The 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz was a big event for the history of the Holocaust but here at Pent Valley we have taken Holocaust education seriously for a number of years and will continue to do so for years to come. The great and the good may take a day out of their schedule to remember the victims and survivors, but many of us make it part of our everyday lives to educate about where unchecked prejudice can lead and the effects of man’s inhumanity to man during those dark years of the 1940’s. Holocaust survivors remain truly grateful to all who are involved in the process, and that is the staff and students of Pent Valley School.”