At the end of February, 40 students from years 9 and 10 visited Krakow, in Poland, with the Humanities department. We chose to visit Krakow, because of the opportunity it offered to allow students to explore aspects of the Holocaust, and the treatment of Jewish people throughout history. Both year groups had previously taken part in our activities for Holocaust Memorial Day, and the trip to Poland offered a fantastic chance to connect with the stories and events of the time even further.
All students who attended the trip behaved impeccably, representing the school well. It was a pleasure to be able to have conversations with students who were so clearly interested and passionate about the topic. Whilst in Poland, we visited some incredible sites, and discovered that Krakow is a truly beautiful city with a rich and intricate history.
The fundamental element of our trip was to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. This was a very moving day, for both staff and students, as we discovered first-hand the conditions in the camps and learned in detail about the treatment of those who were taken to the concentration camps. Many students were shocked by the size of Birkenau.
We also visited the Galicia museum, where we looked at the progress of Jewish culture through time in a series of photographs. Whilst here, we were privileged to meet a survivor of the Holocaust, Monica Goldwasser, who told her story about how she was saved from the concentration camps.
Overall, the trip was incredibly rewarding for both students and staff. I would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended, for their mature and thoughtful attitudes throughout the trip.