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Students to represent Holyrood on Auschwitz trip
TWO students will represent Holyrood Academy on a trip to the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, at the end of March.
The trip is organised through the national organisation, the Holocaust Educational Trust, which takes about 2,000 sixth-formers from around the country every year to the former concentration camp.
The idea is that Laura Hall and Jasper Conroy, both 16, convey the experience to their peers when they return to school, through assemblies and engaging directly with younger children.
The pair were picked after teachers were impressed by essays they submitted anonymously on the subject.
History A-level student Jasper said: “We took an interest in the Holocaust when we studied it last year but it’s more about the experience of going over there and visiting the memorial – it brings the subject to life.
“I am expecting something quite harrowing. I think it will be tough to see but interesting.
“It’s also important we bring it to people’s attention, particularly when we come back to school.”
Laura added: “It’s a little bit daunting. It’s a big responsibility to tell people at the school about what we’ve seen and learned but I’m looking forward to it.”
Head teacher Martin Brook said: “It is very pleasing to see the sixth-form being such good ambassadors for the school.”