‘The Power of Words’ our Primary School Assembly

Posted on 29th January, 2018

National Holocaust Day – ‘The Power of Words’

Key Stage 2 assembly this week was led my Mrs Lucas, our Headteacher and highlighted a very important day in which over 6 million people are remembered every year – Holocaust Memorial Day. The assembly started with Mrs Lucas asking for 2 volunteers to help and then tasked them with squeezing toothpaste from a tube! Everyone sat patiently and wondered why?

The next task was to return the toothpaste to the tube – hmm, both struggled and didn’t succeed. With lots of hands raised Mrs Lucas looked for suggestions on how they could return the toothpaste to the tube and eventually everyone realised that just couldn’t happen.

This helped Mrs Lucas describe to the students how important it is to think about how powerful words actually are and went on to explain about what the holocaust was about and how it affected people. Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in Amsterdam leaving Frankfurt to escape persecution and whilst in hiding she wrote a diary about her world and what she would love to do when she left hiding. Sadly for Ann, her mother and sister it was not to be. Only her father survived. A family friend who had be given her diary to look after decided to publish it so the whole world would know about Ann Frank. There is a copy of the book in our library available to Year 6 to read.

At the end Mrs Lucas highlighted 3 sentences for the students to remember -

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains

What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again

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