Two days in Kraków helped 18 of our fifth year historians and religious studies pupils learn more about the horrors of the Holocaust.
Our pupils spent their first day exploring the city’s old Jewish quarter where they visited synagogues, the ghetto in Kazimierz and Oskar Schindler’s factory before enjoying a traditional Polish meal and a visit to the Christmas markets.
The following day involved a sobering visit to concentration camps Auschwitz I and II, where the group were given a moving tour of both sites.
After taking time out to reflect on all that they had seen and heard that morning, the group later descended 135 metres below ground to explore Wieliczka’s fascinating 13th century salt mines.
Head of religion and philosophy Mr Jamie Swann said:
Our pupils had a very meaningful experience, gaining a deeper level of understanding of the atrocities of the Holocaust. They were able to reflect on events in the past in the hope that similar mistakes are not made in the future.