In March 2018, a group of 27 pupils and 4 members of staff went to Poland as part of their Religious Studies education at school. They spent 4 days in Krakow and visited Auschwitz Camp, Birkenau Concentration Camp, Schindler's Factory, the Gestapo Museum and Police Cells and the Salt Mines. This visit allowed the pupils and staff to reflect, remember and learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust that occurred during WWII, and mourn its 11 million victims, 6 million of which were Jewish.
The pupils said that the whole experience was extremely moving and eye-opening. It allowed the whole group to realise how privileged we are to be able to live in a world that accepts us for who we are. The fact that millions of people died for their faith, sexuality or political viewpoint is something that is alien to our society today, yet it should be a lesson to us that we need to continue to love and accept others, and to never let another atrocity like this happen again.