Friday, 27 January 2017

A song for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017



To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, and to meditate on the question of how life can go on in the face of annihilation, here is a song from the Łódź ghetto. You can hear a recording at Music and the Holocaust.


Close Your Eyes

Lyrics: Isaiah Shpigl
Melody: David Beyglman

Close your little eyes,
Little birds are coming,
Circling around
The head of your cradle.
Baggage in hand
Our home in ashes
We are setting out, my child
In search of luck.

God has closed off the world
And night is all around
Waiting for us,
Full of horror and fear.
The two of us stand here
In this difficult, difficult, moment
Not knowing where
The road leads.

Naked and bare
We were chased from our home
In darkness,
Driven into the fields;
And storm, hail and wind
Have accompanied us, my child
Accompanied us into
The abyss of the world.

Translation from Yiddish




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A Happy New Year to all our students. Opportunities ahead....

Happy New Year, and welcome back. We hope that you had a great and restorative Christmas break, trust you are rested and ready for semester two.

Next week is Future Plan Week (23 - 27 January) and there are so many opportunities to develop skills, find some new ones, and be inspired. Thirty-four events are scheduled. Here are just a few to whet your appetite:


Log in through the Future Plan Portal for full details.  Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/futureplan.glos.ac.uk.

More news: the call for Student Ambassadors has gone out this week. Student Ambassadors play an essential role in University life, assisting at events, representing their courses at Open Days by talking to prospective students and their parents, and much more. It’s a rewarding job for current students, not only financially (you can earn up to £9.38 an hour), but more importantly in terms of the skills and experience that you'll gain to help your future career, and which count towards your Gloucestershire Employability Award.

The role is suitable for students in levels 4-5. If you want to apply, or just want to learn more, go to the Future Plan Portal.