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On Friday 9th January, a Holocaust survivor visited Year 10 History classes to tell her shocking story of concentration camp life. The classes were speechless when they heard the horrific ordeals that Joanna Millan suffered in the Thereseinstadt Camp.

Millan, whose original name was Bela, was only two years old when she, along with her mother, was rounded up like cattle and sent to the concentration camp. Her father had previously been taken to a different camp, and she never saw him again. Sadly, her mother died of tuberculosis the following year, leaving her all alone. There were five other orphan children at the camp, and the six of them relied upon each other and became extremely close. She struggled through the next two years with nearly no food or drink. One woman, Listka, who had been given hard labour on the vegetable patch, saved small amounts of fresh vegetables for Joanna and snuck them to her when she could. Without this help, Millan would most likely have died.

In May 1945, the camp was liberated by the Red Cross. The six orphans stayed at the camp to be treated by the doctors, unsure of where their futures would lead. However, on 15th August 1945, their luck changed. A group of RAF bombers, bringing back Czech pilots from Britain, took 700 children back to England. Upon arrival, she was scared. None of the orphan children spoke English and they had no family. Shortly thereafter, an MP found a house for the orphans to stay in. They were eventually adopted by Jewish families. Joanna's family insisted she changed her name from Bela to something more English to help her 'fit in,' and she was told not to mention that they were not her real parents. All through life she has lived with two identities!

After her youth, Millan became a magistrate and owned a small business which sold double basses and strings. She searched for her relatives all over the world and eventually found family in Germany, Australia, and the USA. Despite everything she has lived through, she is an extremely friendly and happy person.

The visit linked directly to our classwork because at GCSE we study Nazi Germany. It was a huge eye-opener and illustrated to us just how cruel and inhumane the Nazis treated people. It also helped us to reflect on how different the world is now and how much has changed since the appalling events of World War II.

By: Ben Bassett, Poltair News Team


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Policy Review

Dear Parents and Carers

As you may be aware, the statutory guidance from the Department for Education around Relationships and Sex Education has changed. Here at Poltair School, we have worked hard to think about how to teach this to our students, making sure that our lessons are engaging and designed to suit the needs of all of our students in an age appropriate manner. Students will have a lesson called Personal Development once a fortnight, in which this and other topics will be covered. This was formerly known as Morals and Ethics.

We would like to get feedback from our community in order to finalise our policy on the delivery of this important curriculum area. Our draft policy is available on our website for your consideration, and we welcome any questions, comments or feedback via email to Clare Price ([email protected]). When we are able to open up the site to parents and carers, we will hold a review and consultation meeting at school to consider our policy and delivery further. Please send any communications by 10th July 2020 at the latest.


Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Policy - Relationships & Sex Education

Contact during exceptional circumstances

It is important that all children, families and professionals are able to contact key staff to share information in respect of safeguarding and concerns.

Following the wider opening of all CELT schools, there is now a member of the safeguarding team on duty in school every day. Please contact the school directly and ask for the DSL if you have any concerns you wish to discuss.

The dedicated CELT e mail address is still in operation and can be used if, for any reason, you are unable to contact the school;

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This will be monitored during office hours only, Monday to Friday.

However, you should contact the Police or Social Care if you feel that a child is at risk of immediate serious harm.

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The Poltair Art Department have started a Poltair Pinterest page.

Students are emailing work they have completed at home to their teachers, the work is then showcased on the page.

Some fantastic work on there already:

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Free Software For Children

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