Two of our Year 12 students have been handpicked to travel to Poland and represent the West Midlands area for an inspiring project that seeks to explore the universal lessons of the Holocaust.

Aishwarya and Sabbu will take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s ‘ ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Project’ which aims to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons to be learned for today’s world.

Headmistress Diane Browne said: “We are thrilled that Aishwarya and Sabbu have been chosen to represent the region for this poignant and moving project. I know that it is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Being chosen from a wide field of candidates is a great credit to both of them and we look forward to hearing about what I am sure will be a very emotional experience.”

To prepare for their visit, the students will attend a seminar in Birmingham next week where they will listen to a Holocaust survivor share their testimony. They will then travel to Poland, during Half Term, to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

Auschwitz was the largest and most notorious German Nazi concentration camp where 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives. It will be a tough and challenging experience for the girls.

On their return Aishwarya and Sabbu will attend a follow-up seminar where participants will reflect on their experience. They will then pass on what they have learned through projects both in school and the local community.

Aishwarya and Sabbu feel immensely privileged and humbled to have been chosen for the project and we’re very proud of them. They will report back to us about their experiences and the project when they return.

The Trust arranges visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, by UK region, for two sixth-form students from participating schools and colleges. Around 150 students take part in each visit.