Winter Newsletter 2015 - page 11

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Investing
into a
brighter
future with
our Junior
Leadership
Team
The Junior Leadership Team
(JLT) works on whole school
projects and across their houses.
They create their own action plan
with objectives of things they
would like to develop in school
and work closely with members of
the Senior Leadership Team and
Heads of House.
They organise and meet with
relevant GTS staff to help them
achieve their goals as well as at
the same time implementing
changes across our school. They
promote the high expectations,
and also give pupil voice. So far
this year they have delivered
assemblies, they have taken on
the role as Anti Bullying
Ambassadors (ABA) and are
building a package to support and
nurture Key Stage 3 pupils to
become a part of the ABA team.
They have acted as
representatives at parents
evenings and community events,
such as remembrance day. The
JLT are a vital ingredient to the
success of a smooth running
school where the interests and
wellbeing of all pupils is at the
heart of everything we do.
Trip to Auschwitz, November
In November GTS visited Krakow. We went to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz
Birkenau concentration camp and spoke to a Holocaust survivor. The trip was both
physically and mentally demanding.
Driving to Auschwitz was quiet; you are apprehensive, but interested at the same
time. Seeing the railway line next to the road was scary because you know where it
leads.
When you walk towards it, you realise that it is all true. You have seen the pictures,
but the real thing is indescribable. You walk up to the famous gate and you feel the
mood change; as you walk through it, the atmosphere becomes negative. Time
stands still, it has been untouched for over seventy years. No birds sing. It is silent.
Walking into a gas chamber, the air is very heavy, almost like you can feel the peo-
ple crammed in around you.
Seeing where people ate, slept and struggled to survive is unexplainable. We saw
two tons of human hair, thousands of pots and pans, and the tins of Zyklon B, used
to kill the inmates. Images that will never leave your mind.
We met Lydia, a holocaust survivor, who showed us her tattoo, and we realised
that it actually happened. It was real. We learnt how strong people can be and you
can live a normal life even after such horrendous things have happened. By listening
and remembering what happened, the next generation can ensure horrors like this
don’t occur again.
After that harrowing morning at Auschwitz, we arrived at Wieliczka Salt Mine. Our
guide explained the historical value, the progression in mining techniques and the
sheer magnitude of the monument. Our tour was just over 2 miles long, equal to
about 2% of the length of the mine!
Although physically challenging, it is a place well worth visiting. We arrived lacklus-
tre, but left with a spring in our step – perfectly preserved in salt. It is an inspiring
tribute to the ten-plus generations who worked there.
Flynn Miller, Luke Bromhead, Jess Brompton, Bradley Lambert, Jasmin Marson, Erin
Rice-Smith, Dave Ross, Oren Woodward, Nick Wright
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