Pupils help to create a lasting memorial

Queen Alexandra students  Kyran Brady, Connor Burgess, Kaldyne Field and Harry Smith with history teacher Steven Driver.

Queen Alexandra students Kyran Brady, Connor Burgess, Kaldyne Field and Harry Smith with history teacher Steven Driver.

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Students have created a lasting memorial to the thousands of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

A memorial plaque marking the 70th anniversary since the libration of the Auschwitz concentration camp has been unveiled at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form in North Shields.

North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn unveiled the plaque in the Sixth Form’s memorial garden at an event organised by pupils who had visited the camp.

Bill Midgley OBE, chairman of governors at TyneMet College, said: “It’s our duty as members of society to recognise and remember what happened, it’s also important to be aware of what is happening in the world today and not accept hatred. I’m proud that our students have come together to instil a long-lasting message of unification and peace.”

The students have formed a unique bond working together to preserve the message of the Holocaust.

A-Level student Kaldyne Field said: “Going to Auschwitz is an experience I will never forget, it really hits home what went on there – the idea of the plaque came to us on the way home from Auschwitz, we wanted to do something that would be permanent, creating a place of remembrance for students and the wider community.”

Mrs Redfearn said: “Education plays a significant part in promoting respect and tolerance for others.

“I have met people who have experienced the horrors of the Holocaust – it’s very real, very upsetting and we need to ensure we never allow such things to happen again and that we learn important lessons to make the world a better place.

“I’m very proud to be here, the students have done an excellent job in commemorating the 70th anniversary and taking it upon there selves to educate other young people and their community.”

Staff at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College thanked Henderson Memorials in North Shields who worked with the students to create the memorial plaque.