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Poland Trip
by School Admin - Thursday, 27 February 2020, 11:38 AM

Poland Trip 2019

During October half term the RE department arranged a trip to Krakow, Poland for 40 pupils from Years 10 and 11. The aim of the visit was to learn more about the Holocaust and to gain a greater appreciation of the human experience of World War II.

We stayed in a hotel a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Krakow. This provided us with the opportunity to explore the centre of Krakow by visiting the cloth tower and the famous St Mary’s Church. During the trip, our pupils also met a Holocaust survivor, Anita Panek. She spoke about how she lost most of her family in Auschwitz. We also visited Schindler’s Factory, the Jewish quarter, the Ghetto, Hero’s Square and Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In Auschwitz and Birkenau we were saw Jewish prayer shawls, glasses, suitcases with names on, shoes and hair. We also visited the gas chambers and the dungeons where the famous Catholic priest Father Maximilian Kolbe died. At Birkenau we saw the wooden living barracks and walked along the train track that is often seen in documentaries about the Holocaust. At the end of the train track we reflected about those who suffered and how lucky we are today.

We ate in some superb traditional Polish restaurants and many of our pupils bought some merchandise when we ate at the Hard Rock Café. The trip was a valuable experience for the pupils and it is one we are sure they will always remember.

Miss Bartley

Photos from the trip can be seen HERE