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Berlin Cultural Trip 2024

During the February Break, thirty-three S2-S4 pupils made their way to Berlin to broaden their cultural knowledge and widen their understanding of the German language.

Pupils enjoyed a range of activities, including visiting Reichstag (German Parliament), making their own chocolate bars at RitterSport Chocolate World, and going up the iconic TV tower.

Exploring the main city sights on their private walking tour, pupils visited the Potsdamer Platz, Museum für Naturkunde (Museum of Natural History), and the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral).

The Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium), Alte Nationalgalerie (National Gallery), and German Spy Museum were also on the itinerary along with visiting the incredible East Side Gallery. Pupils also enjoyed the down time and the independence to explore the city and shopping malls at their own leisure.

It was a whistle stop tour with so many highlights, a fascinating and interesting visit with pupils commenting on some of their favourite parts:

“The trip was great for helping me understand Berlin’s culture, whether it being tasting the delicious food, travelling about in the packed U-Bahn, or learning about the city’s rich and complex history.”

“…the German Spy Museum because you learn about things you hadn’t really thought about before such as how messages were transported and the stories of some spies and double agents. The interactive elements such as the laser room and tunnel at the end add realism and fun to the experience.”

“What I enjoyed the most about this trip, was not just the visual and mental stimulation of this buzzing, modern European city, but it was also the incredible history and culture that reinforced the vibrancy of my experience and my excitement of being there.”

Several S4’s commented, their “favourite thing was trying German foods and drinks, with Spezi (a German soft drink), being the standout.”

“…visiting the museums and learning about the history of the city. As well as the cultural immersion opportunity, I think the four days truly helped us understand and appreciate the way the city lives, operates, and how the language is spoken. Seeing and meeting the people there also gave a sense of Berlin’s rich atmosphere, which also reflected in the ease of commuting around the city on its iconic transport.”

“The best thing was the U-Bahn and the Brandenburg gate as the U-Bahn was exciting and it’s edginess and the Brandenburg gate allowed us to see Berlin’s historical past”

Throughout the trip, pupils showed impeccable behaviour, respect, and gratitude, and for that we are proud to hear our school values continued to be held outside the classroom.

A great deal of planning goes into a trip like this – thank you to Miss Farquhar for organising, and to Mrs Stark, Mr Dyer, and Dr Leslie, for all their help and accompanying our pupils to create an incredible experience.


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