27 May Re-planting of Tree Commemorating Anne Frank
One of the Year 9 Philosophy and Religion classes was invited to the re-planting of a chestnut tree, grown from an original sapling outside the annexe in which Anne Frank and her family hid during World War 2.
This tree was tenderly looked after and displayed outside the Design Centre in Angel. It had to be relocated as it was growing too fast. The spot chosen was in Highbury Fields close to the Clock Tower.
The ceremony was a solemn one and we were addressed by numerous speakers. Eva Schloss, a concentration camp survivor and friend of Anne Frank, told her story. The Islington Council leader, Councillor Richard Watts, addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of commemorations like this because of the current threats to people ranging from anti-Semitism to Islamophobia and human rights in general.
Four students from Highbury Grove read extracts from Anne Frank’s diary; all the entries were linked to nature and mentioned trees. Ceyran, Lassine, Amira and Eleanor read their extracts confidently and did themselves proud. The behaviour of our students was exemplary and serious which was very fitting for this solemn occasion.
Mr Ackerman (Head of Philosophy And Religion)