History students commemorate the First World War

Once again, the History Department has participated in the Royal British Legion’s campaign to remember the fallen of the First World War, and plant a poppy at the Menin Gate. The Bicester School poppy will be planted alongside thousands of others in the 2017 Flanders Field, beside the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, close to […]

Year 11 GCSE students participate in National Holocaust Memorial consultation

At the start of term, a number of Year 11 GCSE History students were asked to be part of a consultation process which will determine the eventual winner, and designer, for the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. The new memorial will be based in Victoria Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament, and […]

History Students Poetry Competition

In the February 2017 edition of the school newsletter the History Department wrote about a number of Year 9 and Year 11 History students who had written poems on the theme of the First World War and entered them into a national poetry competition run by the ‘Never Such Innocence’ charity and promoted by the […]

History Department and Lessons from Auschwitz Project

The History Department are active participants in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project, which involves sending two A-Level History students on a day’s visit to Auschwitz. The Lessons from Auschwitz project has been running since 1999 and over 30,000 students have taken part. As a department, we were very pleased to send Lily […]

A-Level History students visit Auschwitz

In the first week of March, we took part in the two-part ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ Project, run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, where we became Auschwitz Ambassadors. We first attended an orientation seminar, where we learnt about pre-war Jewish life, and heard from a Holocaust survivor named Rudi Oppenheimer. At the age of 12, in […]

John Fieldsend returns to school

Exactly one month after visiting The Bicester School to talk to Year 9, John Fieldsend, a Kindertransport child, returned to the school – to talk, this time, to the staff and over one hundred students from Year 7 to Sixth Formers. John spoke of his journey across Europe and his life since arriving in Britain. […]

Year 9 meet John Fieldsend, Holocaust survivor and Kindertransport child

On 1 February, and just a few days after Holocaust Memorial Day in Britain, the History Department and Year 9 students welcomed John Fieldsend, a Holocaust survivor rescued by the Kindertransport programme, to the Bicester School to hear his testimony. John, now 85, was born to a Czech mother and a German father, spoke openly […]

The Bicester School welcomes survivor from the Holocaust Educational Trust

On Wednesday 1 February, Year 9 students from The Bicester School will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor John Fieldsend, as part of a visit organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), Miss Constantine and Ms Riches. The testimony by Mr Fieldsend will be followed by a question and answer session to enable students to better understand […]

History students create poetry to remember the First World War

Over thirty Year 9 and Year 11 History students have written poems on the theme of the First World War and have had them entered into a national poetry competition run by the ‘Never Such Innocence’ charity and promoted by the Historical Association. Never Such Innocence is a unique project which fits into the wider […]

History trip – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

On a very cold November evening the History team, along with just under forty Year 10 and 11 students, attended a screening of ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’. The film is set in New York City, in the 1920s, and both staff and students had fun spotting the historical references whilst marvelling at […]