JH Students Speak at Parliament

(Left to right) Sam Tuck, Ayisha Mahmood and Toby Abbs with The Holocaust Educational Trust’s new Information Board showing the work done at Jack Hunt School.Over the last year Jack Hunt School has been involved with their Pledge Against Prejudice initiative. This was begun after two students – Sam Tuck and Ayisha Mahmood – attended the Lessons From Auschwitz Project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust. This is a national programme, supported by the Government, whose aim is to continue to educate the young about the Holocaust, using it as a springboard to empower students to bring back lessons and ideas to help shape and drive the communities they live in.

At this time every year, around Holocaust Memorial Day (January 27th), the Holocaust Educational Trust holds their Annual Lord Merlyn-Rees Lecture. This event is usually held at the Houses of Parliament and is an opportunity for the Trust to showcase the work they have been doing with students across the country as well as an opportunity for likeminded individuals to come together and celebrate the work being done by the Trust.

This year Jack Hunt School was honoured to receive an invite to this event, and in particular, three of our students were asked to speak on the evening, Year 13 students, Sam Tuck, Ayisha Mahmood and Year 11 student, Toby Abbs.

The students did themselves, and the school, immensely proud on the evening. Originally speaking at the Grand Committee Room at the Houses of Parliament the venue had to be changed to Portcullis House due to the numbers wanting to attend the event.

Around 200 people crammed themselves into the committee room, meaning it was standing room only by the time everyone was in. The students found themselves, along with a school from North London, talking in front of Lords, Members of Parliament, Distinguished historians and journalists, teachers, students, holocaust survivors and theFrom left to right: a student from Woodhouse College, Sam Tuck, Martha Kearney (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World at One’), Lord Janner of Braunstone QC, Louise Ellman (MP for Liverpool), MP in charge of communities, The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert (British Historian), Toby Abbs, Ayisha Mahmood, a student from Woodhouse College children of survivors. The evening was hosted by Martha Kearney (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World at One’) and the key note speaker was The Rt. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert (British Historian).

They spoke confidently and with a heartfelt passion and belief. A belief in what they, on behalf of the school, had been doing over the past year. They each received a rapturous applause after they spoke; Toby Abbs even being called upon to answer a question that was fielded to him during the Q&A session.

The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) has also turned the work done at Jack Hunt School into an information board. This information board will tour with the HET and will be displayed around the country as a source of inspiration to other schools who participate in the Lessons From Auschwitz Project in the future.

History Teacher, Ian Davison said, “I would like to thank Mrs Kilbey and Mrs Cliffe for the support they have offered in all that we have done and continue to do, but the main praise, again, is for the three students Ayisha, Sam and Toby as well as the students of Jack Hunt School who have made this past year possible and made the beginnings of the Pledge Against Prejudice a reality. I am extremely proud to be a member of the Jack Hunt community, a community that is made up of a diverse range of fantastic individuals”.