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European History Tour 2019 (June-July)

From Head of History, Barry Smith

Expressions of interest sought

DESTINATIONS:  Italy, Germany, Belgium, France

Students currently in Years 9, 10 or 11 who study or plan to study Ancient History or Modern History have an exciting opportunity to tour Europe’s historic sights in 2019.

Matching directly the study of History at Waverley across Years 10-12, and including many cultural and cross-curricula opportunities and experiences for students, the College is offering the opportunity to visit Western Europe during the June-July school holidays in 2019. The tour includes the following countries and locations:

 In Italy the group will spend time firstly, in The Eternal City, Rome and visit: Vatican City, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain ,  the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and Circus Maximus amongst others.

The group will travel down to Naples and investigate the Pompeii Archaeological site, the National Archaeological Museum, the Herculaneum Archaeological site and the villas of Boscoreale and Stabia. From Naples the group will fly to Munich.

In  Germany the group  embark on a ‘Third Reich’ walking tour in Munich, focusing on the Nazi presence in Munich which will include sites of mass rallies, book burnings and Hitler’s powerful speeches. Following an understanding of the rise of Nazism, the group will visit Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich.

The group will then fly to Berlin where they will visit the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the Topography of Terror museum housed on the former location of the Secret State Police (Gestapo) Office and the Reich Security Main Office,  the Wannsee House Museum, site of the Wannsee Conference of 1942 which determined “The Final Solution”, and out to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

Following Berlin, the group will travel to Brussels, Belgium and then explore the “Remembrance Trail” of ANZAC and World War One visiting Ypres, the Flanders region such as Messines, Menin Road, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Poelcappelle and Passchendaele, Langemark the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, the Australian Memorials near Pozieres and the Somme. The group will attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate tonight. The ceremony has been performed uninterrupted since 2 July 1928.

In France, the group will travel to the Normandy region and stay in the University town of Caen. From there they will visit he D-Day landing beaches including Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe Du Hoc, along with significant historical sites in Bayeux and Caen itself. The group will then arrive in Paris to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the nearby Latin Quarter, the Louvre , the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower.

Places will be limited. Parents, guardians and their sons are requested to express an initial Expression of Interest for this international College initiative in 2019. More details will be provided shortly in further issues of Nurrunga.

To register and if you have further questions please contact either: