Both our Grade 7/8 students and staff were very affected by Mme. Hans' presentation about her experiences during the war as a "hidden child" in France. Mme. Hans expressed that she felt it was her duty to share her difficult story to help our next generation learn from the mistakes of the past and the importance of tolerance and acceptance of one another. She also reminded our students of the debt they owe their parents and explained that her efforts to share her story were a homage to her mother who worked so hard to save her eight children and keep them from harm during the war. It was her way of saying "thank you" to her mother. Mme Hans evoked a great deal of emotion from all and she enjoyed the hugs of thanks from our students and staff after her speech very much. We thank you Mme Hans for coming to our school.
Below are some of the reflections from our students:
"The most important lesson I learned from Ms Hans' story is to be grateful for everything we have. Our generation takes a lot of things for granted; we tend to think of them more as rights than privileges...When Ms Hans stood with courage and talked about the most horrible thing that happened to her, it showed me that we can move on. Although we might not be able to change it, we can help the world not repeat their mistakes... Be grateful for what you have because you never know when it can be taken away." Mira Gr. 7"I think that the main lesson I learned through hearing Mrs. Hans' story is that if you encounter an obstacle that may not be easy to overcome or seems impossible to defeat, when you persevere and always have hope, you will always see results." Gabriel G.8
"The lesson that I learned from Mrs. Hans is that we should be who we are and don't judge other people." G.7
"I learned you can't change the past, but you can change the future." G. 7
"The most important thing I learned is how [important it is to care for one another]..... I think I could apply "caring" by showing that I care about my family and I could show that I care by helping others if they are in need." Francis Gr. 8
"The most important lesson I've learned was that no matter what happens in life, no matter what tries to break you down, no matter the struggle you've gone through, there is always hope for a new life or a better future." Maya K. Gr.7
Merci Mme Hans!