32 students from Year 12 and 13 took part in the trip to Berlin from the 6th to the 9th of February. The purpose of this visit was primarily for Year 13 Applied Business students to complete a unit of coursework entitled ‘Organising An Event’. In this unit they are involved in the planning, running and evaluation of an event of some significance. An overseas residential visit met the criteria perfectly. Other objectives included building relationships between Year 12 and 13, working together in a team and experiencing the culture and history of a major European City.
The itinerary included a guided tour of the Reichstag with a visit to the iconic dome. A walking tour of Berlin whilst taking in the Brandenburg Gate, old sections of the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Hitler’s bunker.
Students also visited the BMW motorbike plant in West Berlin, learning about production and assembly of individual bikes as well as the history of BMW. We also visited Ritter Sport, Germany’s most famous chocolate brand, and there was of course plenty of opportunity for additional sightseeing and shopping. Four exhausting but highly successful days that many students have said they will never forget.