Students swap classroom for eye-opening Auschwitz trip

RETURN TRIP ... Boldon School students will be heading back to Krakow in April.
RETURN TRIP ... Boldon School students will be heading back to Krakow in April.
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BOLDON students will be learning a vital history lesson during a thought-provoking trip to Auschwitz this Easter.

Seventeen youngsters from the school’s RE and history department will making the Polish pilgrimage along with learners from Jarrow School from April 8 to 10.

As well as being given a guided tour of Krakow, they will witness the death camps at both Auschwitz and Birkenau, before meeting with a survivor.

Students from Year 11 took part in the tour last year, with the trip making such an impression that the school has organised a return visit.

This year Andrew Smith, faculty head for history and modern languages, has teamed up with Jarrow School for the visit.

Mr Smith said: “It is a chance for the students to see history at first hand.

“There is extra poignancy this year as it is the 70th anniversary of the concentration camp liberation.

“There will be time for the students to reflect on what they have seen.

“This year we have also started a partnership with Jarrow School, with six of their students joining the trip.

“Last year we had just Year 11 students on the trip, but this time we have students from Years 9, 10 and 11.”