34 students from years 10-13 flew out early last Friday morning to the capital city of Germany, Berlin. The BA flight and staff were accommodating and even for first time fliers it was a great experience.

They caught a glimpse of the eclipse as they set off in the early morning, and learnt about the city through a walking tour, whilst getting lost on the U-bahn and by the cities coffee and bratwurst shops. They also saw  where the books had been burned, infamously during the third Reich, where Hitler’s bunker had once stood, and the Berlin wall from the Cold War era, running past the old SS headquarters.

Significantly, they also visited the place where from 1933-1945 political prisoners and ethnic minorities had been worked to death, experimentally gassed for the final solution and Soviet POW had been mass executed. The systematic nature of death and destruction was impactful on our students and it prompted much discussion amongst the group after the visit to Sachsenhausen.

The tour of the Reichstag, the German parliament was another exceptional highlight, and everyone had a chance to sit in the chambers and had a back-room tour of Angela Merkel’s offices.

The cohort also saw where the Russians had taken the building in 1945, and the graffiti of their success preserved forever in history in on the ancient pillars.

As well as learning about history and politics, the group experimented with the German cuisine, enjoyed the neighbourhood of the hotel’s shops and to the excitement of all, played several games of football and basketball on the hotel’s own courts!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Ms Nash, Ms Aitken and Mr Whittle for making it fun-filled and a trip for everyone to remember. Finally, to every student, ‘wizard or angel’ who participated in the trip, thank you, you were fantastic! To see more pictures go to the history department’s twitter account. The history department look forward to taking more of you away next year!