Lessons from Auschwitz Project

auschwitz-webCongratulations to Year 13 students Molly Elliott and Aggi Yates who have secured themselves a place on this year’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project, Molly and Aggi shall be joining students from across the region to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and become Ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust.

Based on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The LFA Project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable.

The visits to the former Nazi extermination and concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience.

You can read Molly and Aggi’s essay’s on ‘The Importance of Remembering the Holocaust’ below.

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Lessons from Auschwitz 2015

The Holocaust Educational Trust and The King Edward VI High School are delighted to offer the opportunity for two Sixth Form students to participate in the upcoming  Lessons from Auschwitz Project – an innovative four-part course which gives students the opportunity to visit the Nazi death and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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There are only 2 places available. These shall be offered to Year 13 History students studying the Holocaust for their Personal Studies or those wishing to apply to study History at University.

In order to secure a place write a one-page essay on the Importance of Remembering the Holocaust to be submitted to Ms Sharples (B2) by Wednesday 16th September.

We also ask that participants contribute £25 towards the cost of the trip (the rest is financed by the school and the HET).

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Students return from The Western Front with stories to tell

photo8In March two students and one teacher returned from a unique education programme and battlefield tour in Belgium and Northern France.

Sophie Lamont and Kirsty Famelton fromKEVI, as well as 15 other schools, joined a four-day tour to the Western Front.

During the tour, the students attended The Last Post Ceremony in Ypres, which takes place under the Menin Gate every single night of the year. Here buglers of the Ypres volunteer Fire Brigade sound the ‘Last Post’ before a minute’s silence to reflect on the sacrifice of those lost.

The group also visited museums, battlefield sites, memorials and cemeteries including the Commonwealth War Grave sites of Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, Belgium and Thiepval Memorial in the Somme, France. Going out to the battlefields and seeing the landscape and the history of the war made it easier for students to visualise the scale of the war and the lives lost.

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Historical Association Young Quills

young_quills_295Love History? Love Reading? Then this is for you!

The Young Quills Historical Fiction competition is held annually, in part to recognise good historical fiction writing, and in part to encourage students to develop a love of history and a feel for the period they are studying. Young people nominate, review and short-list the publications they have enjoyed.

To get involved please see Ms Sharples in B2 lunctime, Friday 27th February.