Remembering the past, honouring those whose voices were muted is something we feel passionately about at Clore Tikva School. It is part of who we are and our Jewish ethos to remember the past to ensure future generations can learn, grow and flourish in a world full of opportunity.
As part of our Jewish curriculum our children learn about life in the shtetls, the formation of the state of Israel, including the origins of the Kibbutzim and why due to the Russian May Laws of 1882 there was mass migration of Jews. Our pupils also learn about the history of the Jews in England and how their very own families have roots in the East End of London and the trades they may have performed.
By recognising the journey of those who came before us, it allows us to see the path we are on. That is why when approached by the Foundation Stones Project during lockdown to design a stone that would form art of the UK’s Holocaust Memorial in London we jumped at the chance. Pupils in Key Stage Two were asked to design a stone that would forever be a part of our national memorial.
Annually we remember those who perished during the Holocaust be it on Holocaust Memorial Day in January or Yom Hashoah in April. Teaching our children to remember gives a voice to those whose voices were taken from them. We have our foundations from those who came before us to build a brighter future for us all. Our pupil’s stones will be placed proudly at the UK’s Holocaust Memorial and we are extremely honoured to be a part of that legacy.