Berlin Trip

Between Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th May, the MFL and History departments took 47 wonderful Year 9 and 10 students to Berlin to practise their German, experience the culture and immerse themselves in key historical landmarks.

 

On the first day we enjoyed a walking tour through the city centre, seeing all the main sights including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Dome, Tiergarten, and Potsdamer Platz. In the evening we then enjoyed a meal in a restaurant on Kufürstendamm.

 

On the second day we visited the Topography of Terror museum in the morning. The students experienced the exhibition on the site where between 1933 and 1945 Nazi persecution and terror took place: the headquarters of the Gestapo, the security service of the SS, and from 1939 the Reich main security office. The students were extremely reflective and sensible during the visit and the History students in particular gained great insight into the horrors of the SS regime, linking back to their current learning in History.

 

After this the students had some time to relax in the glorious Tiergarten Park before spending the afternoon at Checkpoint Charlie, a museum, at the site of the well known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. After an enjoyable meal tasting some typical German cuisine at a German bistro, we then spent the evening travelling 368 metres up the Fernsehturm (TV tower) and enjoying 360 degree views across Berlin.

 

On our final day the students enjoyed some free time in some gift shops and managed to practise their German conversation skills! We then travelled to East Side Gallery, an open-air gallery on the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall in the east of the city. The students gained a real perspective of what it would be like to live in a divided city after having the chance to see sections of the wall still standing and also enjoyed the art work by 118 different artists from 21 countries.

 

The students were a delight to take on this first trip abroad since COVID. They conducted themselves with maturity at all times and engaged with all of the activities with the utmost respect and interest.

 

Ms.Dixon – MFL Teacher