Former Wigan teacher honoured to address national conference about her Holocaust memorial work
A retired Wigan teacher has spoken of her delight and honour at being asked to address a national conference about her long service to Holocaust education.
Jean Hensey-Reynard was invited by the Holocaust Education Trust to the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in London to give a powerpoint presentation on her 24 years coordinating work on this moving and vital subject area.
She told dignitaries about how she became involved in Holocaust memorial work in the very early days – 1999 – and how she has worked with Wigan Council and the Museum of Wigan Life to educate youngsters in many of the borough’s schools and organise Holocaust Memorial Day events since 2001, the latest of which are taking place this week.
Jean said: “It was such an honour to give the talk and fly the flag for Wigan and Leigh. We have been at the forefront of this area of education for longer than many parts of the country and I am very proud of that.
"Bringing learning to life has always been a key tenet of my career.
"On Friday January 27 we hope our two ceremonies will be just as meaningful as the first.
"We hope as many people will attend the events the first of which is at Leigh Town Hall from 11am to noon with Sacred Heart Catholic Primary pupils bringing their paper photo frames of the ‘Ordinary People’ (this year’s theme) they have been learning about from the HMD website.
In Wigan theceremony runs from 2pm to 3pm at Wigan Town Hall atrium. Here St John Fisher Year 7 pupils will perform a drama/dance/musical performance based on the theme “Ordinary People doing Extra Acts of Bravery.”