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Berlin 2015

In October, I was lucky enough to be involved in the Berlin trip run by the Humanities department. As a Berlin first timer I was surprised firstly by how much the city had to offer and secondly by the amount the trip managed to cover!

Newsome landed in Berlin to be instantly introduced to the ultra-efficient German S-Bahn train network and its graffiti! The recurring scenes and scrawls depicted Germany’s history, culture and diverse population.

The accommodation with Aletto was outstanding. It was brilliantly located just off the Kudamm and was more hotel than hostel. The clean, modern and stylish surroundings meant every student was happy with their room and served as a perfect base for the trip.

The itinerary was full to the brim with little time to spare. This year landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and the East Side Gallery were all covered along with areas like Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz. The students also visited the unforgettable Sachsenhausen concentration camp in what is the cornerstone of the trip. The experience is one that will stick long in my mind and that of the students.

The trip was aimed at History, German and RE students to further their understanding of the turbulent history, language and human rights of Berlin. But that aside just being in a lively capital city like Berlin was a fantastic experience for all involved.

Being abroad with students as part of a trip was a brilliant experience and I want to thank the students for their excellent behaviour.

Mr Hobson

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