I am very pleased to be able to share with you our commemorative memorial newsletter – Tynecastle Remembers. It was a real privilege for our school community to be invited to take part and lead in so many events. In the newsletter you can read about the events we were involved in both in and out of school – the Tynecastle Youth Community Pipe Band with Heart of Midlothian Football Club and the story of McCrae’s Battalion, the #iPlay4Peace concert at Napier University and our involvement with the BBC News item on Wilfred Owen as part of the BBC’s Armistice Centenary coverage. Please click on the image below to access the full newsletter.
To recall the end of hostilities of World War I in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a two minute silence will be held in school on Friday 11th November. Two of our students will also lay a wreath at the Remembrance Service at Haymarket on Sunday 13th November.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January 2016, is on the theme of ‘Don’t Stand By’. As a school we have marked the occasion in a series of special assemblies led by Miss Howie. Lucie Meechan and Elliot Buist were chosen earlier in the year to take part in the ‘Lessons From Auschwitz’ programme. The students created a video using images from their trip and discussed the impact the experience had on them and the importance of the theme ‘Don’t Stand By’. Their video is being shown to students and is available to watch below –
Tynecastle High School is encouraging students to ensure that they challenge prejudice whenever they meet it and not simply ‘stand by’. We remember the words of Auschwitz survivor Ellie Weisel on accepting his Nobel peace prize, “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”