The 27th January is designated as International Holocaust Memorial Day – a time to reflect and learn lessons from the past, to work together to develop a better future. To mark this, the local authority hosted an event on Friday 26th January for Year 10 & 11 pupils at Neuadd Y Gwendreath and 6 students of Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn (Eve Arnell, Chloe Fox, Freya Davis, Daniel Dearing, Awena Owen, Matthew Parsons) represented the school.  The event was designed to help participants engage with the more challenging and ethical questions raised by the Holocaust.  The pupils were given the opportunity to listen to the personal experience of a participant in the Lessons from Auschwitz project as well as hear the moving testimony of a Holocaust survivor via a live webcast.  Pupils interacted with pupils from other county secondary schools and engaged in workshops that dealt with the Holocaust as well as develop critical thinking and creativity.   The conference ended with all pupils reflecting upon their lessons learned from the day – as such a reflection response ‘The Power of Words’ was developed and read aloud by Awena Owen 10G in front of pupils and staff.  This was the first key stage 4 conference of its type in Carmarthenshire and it is hoped that it will become an annual event.

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