I n February half term, eighteen Year 11 GCSE German students along with Miss Groves, Miss Rees-Hughes and Mr Pearce were lucky enough to spend five days in Berlin. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience the language and culture of Germany’s capital first hand. After an early start, the students flew from Liverpool John Lennon Airport then spent the first night visiting The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and The Brandenburg Gate and had a lovely meal at a local pizza restaurant.
On Tuesday, they travelled to the former West of the city, where they had a tour of The Story of Berlin Museum and visited an atomic bunker from The Cold War. In the afternoon, students got to explore their artistic side during a fantastic street art and graffiti tour and workshop. In the evening, they went to a fantastic restaurant before going to an international disco underneath the railway tracks.
Wednesday morning was spent learning about daily life in former East Germany and visiting the University and Cathedral before doing some shopping. In the evening, we headed to the former Nazi Headquarters and The Topography of Terror where we researched The Nazi rise to power, before relaxing at The Sony Centre and the cinema at the Kulturbrauerei.
On Thursday, we headed out of the city to Oranienburg where we were given a sobering tour of Sachesenhausen Concentration Camp. We visited an amazing bakery for lunch and then spent some time at The Holocaust Memorial and The East Side Gallery, which is the largest remaining section of The Berlin Wall. We spent our last evening celebrating our week with a meal in a traditional German brewery and then we went 208m up the TV Tower to look down on all the places we had visited, before a much anticipated prize-giving ceremony.
On Friday, students took part in a brilliant workshop about Anne Frank then, sadly, headed to the airport for the journey home. It was a fantastic week and a wonderful experience for all involved. Miss Groves and The MFL Department would like to thank the students, their parents and the staff involved for helping to make it happen.