For the third time, we have been honored by a visit from Emerich Roth. Emerich survived five concentration camps, and one of the infamous death marches. He has seen the ultimate evil of humankind.
Emerich spoke to our Year 9 students, and he means that they can learn from history and what he experienced, to make sure it doesn’t happen again. He also said that young people today have a very important role, and can signal if they notice that someone isn’t feeling well, and if those who aren’t feeling well get help and support in time, they will not become hateful. Perhaps the world would have turned out differently if Hitler had had support for his dream of becoming an artist in his youth, Emerich wondered.
Our Year 9 students do a big project about the Second World War in their Swedish, history and English lessons, and Emerich’s visit was a part of that. The students had the opportunity to ask questions, and Emerich gave answers based on his experiences, even though it was clear that it was at times quite difficult for him.
We are all moved and grateful for Emerich’s visit, and impressed that even at the age of 92, he still travels around and tells his story. “The future will tell if we meet again”, Emerich ended his visit at IESG.
In the Spring of 2014 I asked two students, Emma Garcia Strid and Stina Berglund if they would read a book that I was proofreading. They loved it so I then read a draft copy of Risk by Fleur Ferris with my 8D class. The class offered their opinions of the book. Mostly good, a few critical but all constructive. I sent these to Fleur who forwarded them to her potential publisher, Random House.
The publishers were impressed that the book was already enjoyed by the target audience and Fleur Ferris was impressed enough to change the manuscript in the way that 8D demanded!
Risk was published in July 2015 and has been a big success in its native Australia and is now into its second print run.
As the book concerns internet safety it is very topical and students can identify with the issues and the realistic portrayal of the characters both teenage and adult who are dealing with a traumatic situation.
I have read the book with my current year 9’s here at IESG.
On April 7th 2016 we premiered Risk: The Play here in school. I think it is safe to say that it was a success and will hopefully be the first of many performances around the world. If you look in the book’s acknowledgements page you will see that Fleur Ferris pays tribute to class 8D of 2014 and also to Emma and Stina.
Something to be proud of!
During the last few weeks, activities here at Junior have been receiving coverage from the local media. Our annual Talent Show was a huge success, with our fantastic students and staff putting on a great show for over 500 guests. You can see the show here.
Arbetarbladet came to see the show and you can read their report here.