Visit to PolandPosted on: 14/03/2019
We are proud of the range of extra-curricular activities, trips and visits Babington offers its students. Recently a group of students from years 10 and 11 spent part of their half term visiting Poland. The itinerary included visiting the city of Krakow, a tour of Schindler’s factory (made famous in a film) and most poignantly, Auschwitz.
The main purpose of the trip was to raise awareness of how many different groups were murdered in the death camps during World War 11. Other objectives were to open the eyes of our students to the wider world, encourage an interest in history and geography and to ensure that today’s generation does not lose contact with the lessons that were learned following the end of World War 11.
The participating students had some strong reactions to exploring Auschwitz. One student said, “…. Seeing photos online makes you sad but actually seeing the strands of hair left on brushes… made it seem real to me.” Another linked this experience directly to the Babington pledge particularly: “I will not treat people differently because of their religion or culture.” Two common themes emerged. Firstly, referring to a plaque which states; “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” and there was a common way of summing up the whole trip “the time we spent in Poland was a life changing experience.”