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Year 9 & 10 learn about the Genocide in Srebrenica - 16/07/2018

On the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, we were honoured to welcome Mr Steve Baker, a Forensic Anthropologist who worked in the aftermath of the conflict to University Church of England Academy.  In the 45 minute address he spoke passionately about what had led to this atrocity and the way that the international community had failed to act.  He also had our pupils reflect on how life was similar then and how we are in danger of making some of the same mistakes in our culture today.  We were also pleased to welcome members of Cheshire West and Chester council to the event, and to Ms Angela Doe for helping arrange the event.

Mr Shelton, Head of Religious Studies said, “This was an important event for our pupils to take note of.  Following our work with CWAC on the Anne Frank exhibition earlier the year, this was a more contemporary example and it was clear that some of the lessons had not been learnt after the Holocaust. In this important event I hope that pupils will realise the events which have taken place are just as relevant today, and that even the most civilised of cultures could easily make the same mistakes.  The Bible teaches “Learn to do right; seek justice.” (Isaiah 1:17) and it is up to our pupils, as the leaders of tomorrow, to take a stand and speak for justice in the world around them.

Barry Lloyd from 10DBO, “It was memorable as I was amazed at the number of people who were vulnerable in this way. We must remember the lessons from history.”