Accompanied by Mrs Ormesher, Mr Johnson and Mr Robinson of the History Department, 23 pupils from Year 10, 11 and 6th form travelled to Berlin for 4 days at the beginning of July; the visit complemented GCSE and A Level History studies.
The group visited many sites of historical importance by using the S-Bahn. By the end of the trip the students were adept at quickly jumping on and off stationary trains during the hustle and bustle of Berlin tube stations!
On the first day, visits were made to the Holocaust Memorial; Potsdamer Platz and the ‘Topography of Terror.’ an outdoor museum on the site of buildings which during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, The afternoon ended with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Pupils were taken to the Brandenburg Gate in the evening and were then given a guided tour of the Bundestag, the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The second morning was spent at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. The group were given a guided tour; pupils found the experience very emotional. The afternoon was spent along the Ku’damm one of the most famous avenues in Berlin, where pupils had the opportunity to go shopping and sample German culture first hand.
The evening was spent at Eastside Bowling where Mr Johnston and Mr Robertson broke all existing records on a computerised basketball game! On the last day we spent the morning at the world famous Berlin Zoo where we saw lots of animals. The weather was very kind to us on our last day and over all the trip was a huge success, in no small measure due to the exemplary behaviour of our students.