During half term 43 GCSE History pupils and 5 members of staff set off in the early hours to Manchester Airport to fly to Berlin.
The trip was a great success focusing on the pupils studies of Weimar and Nazi Germany as well as the role of Berlin in the Cold War. The pupils visited the former headquarters of the Gestapo which is now a fascinating museum called the Topography of Terror which highlights the role of fear and persecution during the Nazi regime.
On the second day pupils had a guided tour of the Berlin Wall memorial, giving them an understanding of the importance of the wall and seeing the impact it had on the people of Berlin. From here we went the Jewish museum who again guided us around the incredible museum showing us the history of the Jews of Berlin. The day was rounded off with a visit to the TV Tower, once the second highest building in Europe.
The third day involved going to an incredibly moving visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp and then on the Berlin Olympic stadium site of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Lunch was a visit to a traditional German restaurant for Schnitzel!
The final day was just as busy with visits to the Reichstag dome, the Palace of Tears, which was the former station entrance separating East from West Berlin. We ended the day with a walking tour of key sites in Berlin such as the Brandenburg Gate and Bebelplatz, the site of the burning books.
The pupils were a credit to the school on the trip, always engaged and asking pertinent questions of the guides at the sites we visited. Thank you also to the staff who helped with the supervision of the pupils on the trip.