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Citizenship students visit Poland and Germany.

During the Easter holidays 28 GCSE Citizenship and History students embarked on a study tour to Germany and Poland.  The trip was designed to help students in understanding two huge events in world history; World War II and the Holocaust.  In Berlin, students visited The East Side Gallery (the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall), Checkpoint Charlie (the site of the last crossing between East and West Berlin) The Holocaust Memorial and the Topography of Terror Museum (a museum exploring the history of the Holocaust, housed in the former Gestapo headquarters) and The Reichstag (the German Parliament).  In between these educational visits there was time to visit Berlin Zoo, a traditional German restaurant and the Mall of Berlin (the largest shopping centre in Germany).

Following our two days in Berlin we travelled to Krakow in Poland.  Krakow is a medieval city not destroyed during World War II and so provided the perfect contrast to the modern and hectic cityscape of Berlin.  In Krakow we visited Oscar Schindler’s factory, the market square (housed in a 14th Century building) and, of course, Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp.  Despite the harrowing nature of these visits, many students came out with a renewed sense of fortune for being alive, rather than an over whelming sense of sadness due to the events that took place there between 1940 and 1945.

The students were an absolute credit to themselves, the Academy and their families.  Despite the large amount of walking (we covered around 25 miles in four days!) the students did not complain (much!) and had enjoyed, what was for many of them, their first trip abroad without their parents and carers.

Well done to all the students and thank you for making our jobs so easy when we were there!

Mr Gibbs & Mrs Downs

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