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Pupils address Diplomats

The School’s History Film Making Group was invited to present to an audience of diplomats from over thirty countries at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Wednesday 14 May.

The group’s film on the Rwandan Genocide 20 years ago will be shown as part of the 2014 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) meetings, with the group giving a talk to accompany it. The IHRA is an alliance whose purpose is to bring political and social leaders together to learn from the Holocaust and other genocides for the benefit of citizens of member countries and the international public. The UK is chairing the IHRA’s conference for the first time in 20 years.


The group’s presentation follows filming of the St John’s pupils by the BBC as part of thecorporation’s ‘School Report’ initiative, where schoolchildren nationwide were recorded reporting on the stories that matter to them. You can read more about the group’s School Report here.

At Lancaster House, the pupils enjoyed a very interesting conversation with Sir Andrew Burns, former ambassador to Israel and United Kingdom Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, who currently chairs the IHRA. The group was also lucky enough to discuss the issues with internationally renowned historian Professor Yehuda Bauer and Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott.

Speaking on behalf of the group were Louise Barr, Charlie Cluff, Annabel Hurley, Charlie Joyce and Callum Trevitt. Never before have school pupils presented to the IHRA; it is an honour and a reflection of the excellent work of these pupils that they were invited to do so.

Published on 14/05/2014

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