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Wellington College Students Embark on First History Trip

December, 2012
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wellington-history-tripWellington College International Tianjin is a school where pupils are encouraged to develop an interest, even a passion, for history. Pupils at Wellington study many historic topics and periods, drawn from all over the world, and, in common with this global approach, forty pupils and four teachers embarked upon Wellington’s first history trip to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic in November 2012. Following a brief stopover visit to the modern Dubai icons of the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the party arrived in the German capital, Berlin. Here sites visited included the Brandenburg Gate, the Olympic stadium and that symbol of the Cold War and a divided Germany, Checkpoint Charlie. For many of the pupils, the Cold War and the Third Reich have featured prominently in the history courses they have at Wellington. The later theme continued in Poland, where a day was spent at the infamous Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. The trip ended in Prague, where the highlights included the imposing hilltop castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and the magnificent medieval city center. Many of the pupils admitted they liked Prague because it gave them lots of opportunities for shopping!

The intention is to make the history trip an annual event and plans are already in the making for a trip next year to north-eastern France, Belgium and Holland, which would include visits to Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam and, only too fitting for Wellington pupils, the site of the Duke of Wellington’s great victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. 

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