Trip to Auschwitz with Miss Cape
Account of trip to Auschwitz by Abbie Sykes and Beth Essam-Wood
After being selected to go on the trip our first official seminar was held on Sunday 13th March where we listened to a testimony from a Holocaust survivor. His story was clearly emotional and moving to hear. We then met our groups and educator, Alex, and spoke about Auschwitz and what we were to be expecting upon and after our visit. This opened a lot of questions surrounding what is deemed ‘disrespectful’ and ‘right’ when visiting. The seminar we agree was very insightful and allowed us to have a clearer view of what to expect and look out for.
Once we had both finally woke up at 3am we travelled to Exeter airport where we checked in and took off from to Krakow. Once we had landed we made our way, by coach, to the town Oświęcim which, during the war, the Nazi’s renamed Auschwitz. Within the town we visited a Jewish cemetery which was eye-opening due to it looking desolate and it was locked due to vandalism. From there we travelled to Auschwitz I, the first concentration camp out of the two we visited. It wasn’t what we initially expected but this is where the museum is. At first we entered block 4 in which we were told a lot of information about the killing and how things were done. There were a lot of pictures here which allowed a more insightful view on the situation the people must have gone through. After that we went into block 5 which is where they keep the remaining belongings which were found after liberation. The belongings included things such as glasses, artificial limbs and even to the extent of human hair. After visiting this block which was clearly very moving anyway, we actually entered the only remaining gas chamber within the Auschwitz camps. Seeing scratches on the sides of the walls from the desperation of the victims, speaks for itself.
We then travelled to Auschwitz-Birkenhau. Upon arriving the first thing that stood out was the size and scale. The camp seemed infinite. To finally see what we have been taught about for so many years was just incredible. We stood on the train tracks and where the Nazis did the sorting. We wish we could truly explain to you everything we saw and felt, yet to try and put this trip into words is harder than you’d think. To truly comprehend what we saw would take up so much room on Mr Margetts’ blog that we’d have to name it as ours!
We’d both like to thank the Holocaust Educational Trust for allowing us the experience to go. Miss Cape for coming with us and putting up with our endless questions! And finally, each other, for being a hand to hold when we needed to.
I would like to begin by echoing the words spoken in the paragraph above. When you walk around Auschwitz you take in everything. Be it the visual aspects or the smell, each person walks through the gates of death as both a free person living in the free world but also holding on to one key factor from the day which remains festering in their thoughts.
I, for instance, could talk to you about the lone pigtail I saw in a pile of matted hair; the crumbled photograph of a young woman or even the atmosphere as the sun-set and night fell in Birkenau and the silence suddenly became deafening. But instead I want to talk about the Jewish cemetery and how the sight of crumbled gravestones did not lie with their owner’s bodies, nor were adorned with vibrant flowers purely because there are no Jews left in the town to remember the fallen which serves as a lasting reminder to us about the lasting effects of discrimination and prejudice.
Before the trip I was very apprehensive to how I was going to feel as where I was going just didn’t seem to sink in. The trip on a whole was eye-opening. I felt so many different emotions at the same time that it was only when I got home I realised where I had just been. I would recommend anyone to go, no matter if you have a passion for history or not, the camps speak for themselves. Birkenhau especially makes you see, feel, hear and smell so many different things all at the same time. One thing that sparked my attention was that the birds do sing and nature does go on. I walked where someone perished once walked and I have freedom, I walked back out of both camps warm, loved and knowing I was going home. They did not. To be human means to be a human, so don’t hate and simply be kind.
Football Round Up
On Monday the Year 9 football team took on Coombeshead College in the second round of the South Devon Cup. TA proved too strong for their opponents running out 5-0 winners. The goals came from Joseph Whitehead x2, Ollie Mason, Olaf Koszella and Lewis Eaton.
The first XI travelled to St Austell to play their penultimate league match against St Austell college. TA knew that victory would mean that Exeter College could only catch them if they beat TA next week and win their remaining two fixtures – goal difference would then decide the league with TA having a much healthier goal difference at this time. TA started really brightly and took the lead on 10 minutes when Nathan Hebbes struck the ball left footed into the top corner. Straight from the restart TA continued to apply unbelievable pressure on their opponent not letting them get out of their own half. This eventually took its toll on St Austell and, in the 16th minute, TA doubled led their lead with a cool, calm finish from leading goal scorer Owen Stockton. The score stayed the same until the 75th minute when Connor Stewart produced a bullet header from a well delivered cross. TA finished the scoring when Owen pounced on a loose ball in the 18 yard box to finish with style!
Yesterday the year 10 Football team traveled to Churston in the Quarter Final of the South Devon cup. With no recognised goalkeeper, the role fell the hands of centre back Jack Bell. On a pitch that can only be described as a leveler TA tried to get the ball down and play their usual short passing and high tempo game. This was exceptionally difficult, however the boys did well and eventually came back from 2-1 down to win 4-2 with goals from Alfie Edwards, Joe Constantinou, Zac Chalmers-Wood and Ben Tolman. A special mention has to be given too Jack Bell who was exceptional in goal and was more than happy to take himself out of his comfort zone. Well done Jack!
Students of the Week
Pictured with Mr WIthers: Shannon Banks, Jack Bell, Jessica Baker, Jade Rusby (Chloe Deane not available for photo)
Assessments are on their way and it’s time to prepare. It’s time to revise. It’s time to get ready for assessments.
Top tips to help you succeed
1) Write notes in class
2) Spend half an hour at least revising every night
3) Make notes around your house (post-it notes)
4) Try and make what you’re learning fun for you
5) Try to ask interesting questions in class or to parents to find out more
These are top tips to prepare for assessment. If you follow these you are sure to be ready!
Cheyenne Churchward (Year 7)
Maths definitely isn’t for everyone but it is helpful. Teachers explain clearly how to do complicated equations and make maths and learning fun.
Bethan Jackson (Year 7)
This time in Music we started learning about Chinese music! We learned that if you play on the black notes, in any order, it sounds like Chinese music! We also learned that if we turn the keyboard it sounds more like Chinese music!
Aisa Kana (Year 7)