Sixth form students visit Auschwitz 
5 November 2012 
 
Two of our sixth form students are heading for a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland this week (November 7) after having been awarded places by the Holocaust Educational Trust. 
 
James Ford from Ponteland and Michael Brown from Cramlington (both 17) were invited to apply for places on the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project which explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. Following the visit, the students will use the experience to commemorate and educate others about the Holocaust at their schools and in their local communities. 
 
Before setting off the students will have attended an orientation seminar in Newcastle to prepare them for their visit which will include a tour of the historic site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and attendance at a memorial ceremony at the location of the former crematorium culminating in the lighting of memorial candles. 
 
On their return the students will attend a follow-up seminar where they will discuss the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust. Following this they will do a presentation on their visit to their own school and initiate project work to share their views and feelings with other students, as part of their next steps project. 
 
Headteacher Carol Hodgson said: "Although we expect James and Michael will find this a very emotional experience, we also feel it will be of great value to them as individuals and to the school in general when they return to tell us about their visit. Nunnykirk prides itself on providing pupils not only with academic opportunities but also a range of experiences and activities which support their wider social development." 
 
Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said: “HET’s Lessons from Auschwitz project is such a vital part of our work because it gives students the chance to understand the dangers and potential effects of prejudice and racism today. The inspiring work students go on to do in their local areas demonstrates the importance of the visit.” 
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