Berlin trip 2018
From 12-14th February a group of 19 senior pupils from Stirling High School flew to Berlin on a field trip run by the History and Modern Languages departments to further extend our Higher pupils’ knowledge of Germany.
Our first visit was to the Jewish Museum where we learned more about the life of Jewish people in Germany prior to and under Nazi rule. The architecture of this museum has been designed so that every part is significant to the Jewish experience, making it a very thought provoking place to visit.
The next day we began with our first visit to the Wannsee Villa, where we were given a very informative tour around the building where German officers discussed the Final Solution to the “Jewish problem”. The group found it very hard to believe that such a horrific offence was committed in such a tranquil setting. After Wannsee we visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. We learned about the terrible conditions endured by inmates who were not only Jewish victims, but also other Nazi ‘undesirables’. Inmates in Sachsenhausen would not be killed at once, as in other camps such as Auschwitz, but were worked to death as slave labour. We also visited sites in Berlin such as the Brandenburg Gate the Bundestag, the German Parliament building.
Before returning home we made one last visit to the German Resistance Memorial Centre. Here we learned about individuals and organised groups who opposed the Nazi Regime within Germany.
Overall, this was a very memorable excursion which has not only enhanced our students’ learning, but also improved their understanding of modern German history and culture.
Our S1 Football team were in action again last week taking on a strong Grangemouth team with the prospect of a league cup semi-final up for grabs. A thrilling game ended in a 5-5 draw with goals coming from Brodie Cameron x 2, Jack Tough, Ross Pincombe and Drew Skinner. The tie was then decided on penalties with Stirling coming out on top after goalkeeper Luca Kildare managed to stop the final Grangemouth penalty. The boys will now look to show the same determination and resilience in the up coming semi-final.
We are running our annual sponsored Readathon for S1 pupils in the week beginning the 26th February. This is in connection with the charity Read for Good who provide a regular supply of brand new books and storyteller visits to children in hospital all over the UK.
Order forms for S6 individual photos were sent home via school bag mail on Monday. Order forms need to be returned to the school office, complete with full payment, by next Wednesday 7th March. S5/6 Prefect photo order forms are available and can be collected from the school office, as with the individual photos they must be returned by next Wednesday.
ALL S1/S2 girls will be receiving their HPV vaccination this Friday, there will also be catchups for some girls who have missed this previously. MMR catchups for some pupils will also take place on this day. Parents who have informed us that their child is not to be vaccinated, Child Health have been informed.
The Spring Concert takes place on Monday 12th March in the school Assembly Hall at 7pm. Tickets are free, are available from the school office but are restricted to 2 per family.