Students and Staff Make Pledge For Change With Interactive Holocaust Experience

1000 paper cranes and 1000 paper butterflies created a unique art installation which formed part of CHS’s moving tribute remembering those who lost their lives during the Holocaust.

‘Metamorphosis’ saw nearly 100 visitors attend the interactive art exhibition, which included an uplifting performance by The Menorah Synagogue Choir, insightful presentations by CHS’s Sixth Form History and Politics students, an Anne Frank exhibition, atmospheric sound installation and testimonials from Holocaust survivors, Ruth and Werner Lachs.

Commemorating the Holocaust and remembering child victims who lost their lives, the art installation featured hanging origami butterflies and cranes, folded by staff and students.

Representing what many cultures associate with our soul and resurrection, the butterflies signified hope, change, endurance and life. Written in each one was a student’s pledge for change with messages of remembrance written on attached luggage tags.

Mirroring the Sadako Sasaki Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods, the aim of the exhibition was to fold enough for a whole School wish; that no such atrocity will ever happen again and mankind will learn to tolerate and celebrate the diversity of the human race.

Visitors were invited to fold their own additions to the art display containing a pledge for change and students who visited Auschwitz as part of The Holocaust Educational Trust programme spoke of their experience.

Taking visitors on a journey back in time, experiencing what might have been heard on the way to a concentration camp, the School’s corridors were plunged into darkness, especially for the occasion as sounds of dogs barking, trains, prisoners and prison guards could be heard.

Cheadle Hulme School pledges to combat prejudice in all its forms; to challenge, to listen, to learn and educate.

View photos from the event in the Media Gallery.