Student Gallery

We are proud to share with you our student gallery – where we celebrate our students’ successes and interests outside of school.

Next Steps : Lessons from Auschwitz – by Alyx M (Sixth Form)

This poignant piece was written by Alyx following a visit to Auschwitz in October 2018.

For my next steps from visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau, myself, a fellow student and my history teacher had arranged an assembly during remembrance week. We had many staff and students approach us and tell us how moved they were. We found that this was something to be taken seriously as the many points may link in with the state of our current world.

We are all aware that six million individuals had perished in the concentration camps, but alas, that number is growing daily as new names are coming up. We forget that it was the hatred of one man against multiple cultures that caused this and with the way our world is going on now, we could very well face this tragedy again. However, we can avoid this by promoting the tolerance of others, it doesn’t matter what gender, race or even religion they follow! At the end of the day, they are people like us.

We should remember that everyone has human rights and we should respect them for that, we should not discriminate individuals for their skin colour, creed or sexuality. But the way our world is, we are not learning from the past. As Hitler discriminated against all of these.

‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ – George Santayana

From what we can gather, the Holocaust was a complex series of related events that had happened over time. But, we also know that the UK government plays a massive role in our lives. Not only does our government play a key role in global events, but we can influence our government policy. But that is not the only things that affects us. What happened at Auschwitz was the end of the process that took many years to build, the start of these ‘anti-jewish’ laws began in 1933! Now it is important that we increase our awareness and not critically evaluate, but challenge the media, in order to evade the segregation (or discrimination) that the Jewish people face.

The definition of the term ‘Perpetrators’ consists of not just those who had engaged themselves in the murder of Jewish people, but those that had conspired in the mass genocide aswell. We know that our societies are made up of multiple individuals that we are expected to treat in a humane manner. The Jewish people were de-humanised, caged together like animals, in other words they were treated like ‘lambs to the slaughter’.
Again, the hatred of one person had caused this, so perhaps in order to potentially avoid this and do our part by starting with our own actions, then we can make the world a better place for ourselves.

Upon our visit, the Rabbi had said to us that :’The world is trusting in YOUR generation, it is up to you to continue the legacy of the survivors and those that had perished here, only you can stop a tragedy like this happening again.’

Coming from a personal point, I would say that this was very heart warming and yet, it also helped in opening not just mine, but my fellow student’s eyes aswell,as we came to realise just how important our generation and future generations are for the future of our world.

I would say that this visit has helped me come to realise my place in this world, how every life counts, as we are all working together to survive. We just haven’t come to realise it yet.

The Choices of Life – by David S (Sixth Form)

This moving piece was written by David so he can read it and help himself with his anxiety.

When it comes to the choices of life, there is no bigger deal than your future and how you shape it to be. In life, you need to show yourself who you are because everybody has an addiction, it’s that motivation and determination that makes us fly in the darkest of times.

The higher you are, the farther you’ll glide among the wind. The longer you walk, the farther you crawl, pick yourself up out of your shell and achieve the goals you set out to do. Work hard for those achievements because nothing in life comes easy. Pride yourself with the emotions and feelings around you, for you are unique in your own individual way.

Life is in your body and your temple, your choices define your character. Your choices should be the decisions that make you express your fondness of yourself, they should make you admire life. Every time you make a small decision, your future is shaped into something bigger than your eyes can see.

As you take each step at a time, you’ll realise that choices are all around you every single day. It’s up to you to make the right choice that will lead you down a path of greatness and enchant your future to be the brightest it can possible be.

It won’t be easy, some choices will have many roadblocks in front of them, but as yourself, you need to conquer those roadblocks and become who always dreamed you would be. You need to believe in yourself and have the urge and determination to get out of bed every day and do what you do best.

Life will always throw punches back at you, but you need to pick yourself up and give it your all, everytime a choice stands in front of you, think about how the future will be changed, for the better or for the worse.

The choices of life are what shape us, motivate us and encourage us to be the best individual we can be.

So what are you waiting for? Aim high, dream big and make your mark on history!

Student photography – November 2018

Stunning photographs of LIVING STONE from Netherlands taken by our Year 8 student Ryan, on 29th October during a 24 hour stop over in the Port of Sunderland.

Losing his hair! September 2018

A Year 8 student decided to lose his long hair for charity.Duncan had his hair cut on Saturday 22nd September to raise money and support the Little Princess Trust charity .

Duncan chose this charity because he wanted to donate his hair to children that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses.

He raised a whopping £401 in total and looks very handsome with his new and very different style.

We are all immensely proud of Duncan for this extremely thoughtful gesture.

You can find more information about The Little Princess Trust by clicking here