Poland Reflections Contest


The Poland trip experience offered to Sixth Form students at JFS is an impactful and meaningful experience, with life-long effects on the students.

Mr Gabor Lacko, a Holocaust Survivor and friend of JFS School, kindly sponsored a contest for all Year 12 students who went on the trip to Poland this year. The criteria for the contest were to include an element about Jewish Life in Eastern Europe, relate directly to the student’s own experience in Poland and to address the question of why young people today, of any race, should visit the Holocaust sites in Poland.

The 10 entries were submitted at the beginning of May and displayed in the foyer of the school.  A shortlist was then chosen by a panel of four judges consisting of Mr Appleman, Mrs Marx, Mr Barringer and Miss Rosettenstein. There were a variety of media categories and the quality of the work submitted was of a very high standard.

Students created outstanding pieces of work, including artwork, sculpture, photography, poetry, non-fiction writing as well as a piece of music. Those in the top five places were invited to present their entries to Mr Lacko, in person, who viewed the entries and heard directly from the students about their work. He was extremely moved by the entries and very impressed by the high standard and quality of the various pieces submitted.

The winners were announced on Tuesday at a special Year 12 assembly in Mr Lacko’s honour, where he presented the winners with their prizes. Initially there were to be three prizes worth £2000 in total, but due to the quality of the entries Mr Lacko decided to give a further £1000 and each of the five shortlisted candidates received £600.

Congratulations to the talented students that took part in this contest and made it so difficult to judge.