10th February 2020

Hey guys,

This week, we decided to visit our resident caretaker, Anthony.

Anthony is a craftsman by nature and is always trying to reuse and recycle unusable items around the school, such as rotting benches. We were lucky enough to catch him just as he was about to start upcycling a new bench.

We decided to collaborate with Anthony in his making of a memorial bench and snapped some pictures to show the beautiful work of art.

This bench marks the 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation, which took place on the 27th of January 1944.

Anthony designed and constructed a wonderful tribute to those who suffered and lost their lives 75 years ago. He has painted the bench in blue and yellow, the colours representing the stripped pajamas worn by victims of the Holocaust. The Star of David, a symbol worn by Jewish prisoners is placed on the bench. This is followed by beautiful butterflies representing their spirits soaring into the sky.

In the following photos, you can see the progress behind this amazing tribute.

The Before
Wooden planks of the bench were removed
The frame of the bench
Putting the bench together!
Materials used by Anthony
Metal frame for the butterflies
Anthony used wood to form the butterflies
The beautiful tribute for the 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation

As you can see, a lot of hard work was done by Anthony. We are grateful to have such an incredible piece to commemorate the anniversary of such an important historical event here at our school and we are lucky to be able to share this with you.

See you next time :)

The Team,

Natalie, Alana, Leah and Aisling