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Beacon school status for the Thomas Hardye School

Beacon School Lead Teacher, Kevin Matthews

Beacon School Lead Teacher, Kevin Matthews

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The Thomas Hardye School (THS) has been awarded the status of an IOE Beacon School in Holocaust Education by the University of London’s Institute of Education.  This new status puts the Thomas Hardye School at the forefront of Holocaust education and pedagogic research with only 20 secondary schools in England being chosen for this prestigious new scheme.  The purpose of these schools is to act as dynamic hubs of exemplary teaching and learning about not only the Holocaust, but also other Genocides such as the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, as well as the associated social and cultural dangers of intolerance, prejudice and discrimination.  These schools will aid with the planning and delivery of complex and emotionally charged topics within a network of other schools in their local area. 

Beacon School Lead Teacher at the Thomas Hardye School, Kevin Matthews said:
“I am thrilled to be the THS Beacon School lead teacher; it’s really exciting that our students will have a greater opportunity to explore the human condition through the enquiry of such world changing events.  All of us involved believe passionately that the areas covered as part of this programme are vital for the overall spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students.   As US member of the House of Representatives Tim Holden once said, ‘The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.’”

Thomas Hardye School Head Teacher Mike Foley said:
“We are delighted that our work in this area has been recognised. We are committed to the holistic development of our students building their spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills as well as their intellectual abilities. The work we do on the Holocaust enables us to do that and we are looking forward to even stronger links with the Institute of Education in the future.”

Planning is already well underway for a week of cross curricular learning for all THS students to take part in during the schools Holocaust Memorial Week taking place between 24th and the 28th February 2014.  During this it is hoped will include a public performance of the successful London theatre production, “Confessions of a Butterfly”, written, directed and staring Jonathan Salt.  The production details the last 24 hours of renowned Polish physician and pedagogist Janusz Korczak and the orphans he cared for in the Warsaw ghetto before their deportation to Treblinka.  The one man performance is a masterpiece and shows a vital insight into the life of the man whose work was fundamental in the creation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  

June 2013