ABS Abroad: 3 separate trips during February half term

February half term saw ABS students and staff expanding their learning by visiting a variety of far-flung destinations. Three separate trips took place from a variety of different Faculties and involved students from most year groups.

Berlin-Krakow

The first trip to depart involved 31 sixth formers participating in the Humanities Faculty’s six day trip to two separate locations, Berlin, Germany & Krakow, Poland. In Berlin the focus of the trip was to explore the rise of Nazi power by visiting sights such as the Topography of Terror, the Reichstag and the Wannsee Conference House. In addition, students considered the cultural impact of different memorials, contrasting the Soviet memorial at Treptower Park with both the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and ‘Library’, the memorial to the book burning of the Nazis. Finally there was the opportunity to consider life under East German rule, visiting the DDR museum and the Berlin Wall memorial.

Students then got to explore the gorgeous city of Krakow, but continued their studies by touring the Jewish district including a restored synagogue and Schindler’s Factory. The trip culminated with tours of Auschwitz and Birkenau, a visit which students and staff alike found difficult but essential. As one student put it, “everyone should make this trip.”

Disneyland Paris

For four days over February half term, 35 of our GCSE and A Level Dance and Music students went on a Performing Arts trip to Paris by coach.

On their first day there our students gave a breath-taking performance on the renowned Cinemagqiue stage in the Walt Disney Studios Park before spending the rest of the day enjoying the rides, shops, restaurants and parade. In the evening our students gathered in front of the Disney Castle to watch the Disney Dreams light show where they kept the cold crowds entertained by singing their Disney medley. Our students started their second day by going on Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille altogether before spending their last few hours in the park at their own leisure.

At 4:30pm our students travelled into Paris to see the sights, taking in the glistening Eiffel Tower at sunset, before enjoying a meal in a nearby restaurant. Miss Melluish, who organized and led the trip said, “we are incredibly proud of all of the girls. They gave an amazing performance at Disney and maintained our high school standards throughout the trip. The coach driver mentioned many times how polite they all were and said that they were the best passengers he has had in years!” According to Jessica Murray, a year 13 Dance student, “it was the best experience of my whole entire life. It surpassed all of my expectations; we didn’t stop laughing the whole time. It was amazing!”

Barcelona

On Wednesday, 17th February Miss Martin, Mr Boylan, Ms Backstrom and Miss Cassidy took 34 pupils to Barcelona as part of a Design and textiles trip organised by Mr Jones. The trip included pupils from Year 10 to Year 13 and was organised to promote learning, achievement and inspiration in both DT and MFL.

They were there for three days and had quite a busy schedule planned. They visited the F1 Circuit de Catalunya as some of our girls are quite interested in engineering and seeing more females in the profession. Next they explored Barcelona by foot and by metro, experiencing the Gaudi influence in places like Casa Batllo, the famous Park Guell and the stunning Sagrada Familia. The Picasso Museum and the Museum of contemporary Art were also quite popular with the budding artists among the group and Mr Boylan managed to squeeze in a trip to Camp Nou, the stadium of the highly successful Barcelona Fc. Overall it was a great trip, the art and DT students gained lots of inspiration for their pieces and the linguists practised their oral skills and soaked up the culture. All pupils behaved impeccably and were a credit to the school.

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