Risedale School holds assembly to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Risedale School held a poignant assembly this week to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Led by head of history, Michael Houlgate and pupils, the assembly explored the horrors of this dark chapter in history and the enduring importance of remembrance.

Joining the school community were three members of the Garrison Veterans’ Catterick Historical Archive Group, veterans Mark Hill MBE, Paula Rogers, and Pete Wine.

Pupils delivered an educational presentation, with veteran Pete Wine’s perspective, gained from visiting Bergen-Belsen in the 1980s, added further depth to the occasion.

Mr Houlgate said: “It filled me with great pride to see our pupils standing side by side with local veterans, remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, united in the conviction that we must never let it happen again.”

The assembly also celebrated the Remembrance Day poetry competition, a collaboration with the Garrison Armed Forces Veterans iHub.

Showcasing the creativity of Risedale’s pupils, the competition’s poems served as testaments to remembrance and reflection.

The winning entries will be displayed in a local museum later this year.

Mark Hill MBE commended the assembly and collaboration.

“It was a profound and moving experience, strengthening the school’s ties with the local community.”

He further acknowledged the support of local entrepreneur and veteran Simon Hilliard, of Ellerton Lakeside Cafe, whose prize sponsorship solidified the connection between Risedale and the veterans’ community.