History trip of a lifetime

Students are back at Pool Academy after going on a History trip of a lifetime in Berlin and Krakow.

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A group of Year 10s, who have been studying Germany and Hitler at school for GCSE, were given the chance to walk down the very streets they had been learning about in the classroom.

History teachers, Jenny Smith and Mark Turner, flew from Bristol with the group before half term to Germany’s capital city.

On Monday students were taken on a two-hour walking tour of Berlin before going up the TV tower with the fastest elevator in Europe. During the evening they visited the Reichstag building, a parliament building.

On Tuesday they were given a guided tour of the Olympic stadium and allowed to go in the box area used by Hitler. They then visited Brandenburg Gate which is a symbol of Berlin.

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Halfway through the week they took a coach to Poland ready for more adventures which included visiting Schindlers Factory, a museum illustrating Jewish life in the war and a walk around the Jewish Ghetto. They also visited the world famous salt mine with chapels carved out of salt.

A whole day was given over to touring the Auschwitz Concentration camp and seeing a gas chamber.

Mr Turner said: “The students found the camp really interesting.

“The trip was all about the focus on the history paper three.

“They learnt about it at school and then flew to Berlin to walk down the streets.

 “We flew from Bristol and some of the students had never flown before.

“It is possible some of the students may never do anything like this trip again.”

They all flew back to Bristol on Friday.

Christiana Richardson