In December 2014, History and German students from Clifton headed to Berlin to immerse themselves in German history, language and culture.
The whistle-stop trip included a walking tour of the city’s historic sites, a visit to historic Potsdam, tours of the Reichstag and the Olympic Stadium, a visit to the preserved areas of the Berlin Wall and many, many visits to the famous German Christmas markets to provide sustenance against the bitter East German winter!
The aim of the visit for the historians (who were all GCSE students) was to tangibly experience Berlin during the Cold War – a key component of the GCSE course. In visiting the Berlin Wall and touring the infamous Schloss Cecilienhoff– site of the Potsdam conference that, arguably, marked the beginning of the Cold War, the students were able to experience history first hand, considerably deepening their knowledge and understanding of this fascinating period. The trip was a resounding success and 42 very tired students (and teachers) were returned to Clifton to enjoy the rest of their Christmas holidays.
‘It was great to see a place where the past and present walk side by side.’ Harry Leeming, Year 11 South Town.
'It was fascinating to put events into perspective and see the consequences of historical actions.' Lara Worthington Year 11 West Town