Jason Mungles, teacher of History at Sotogrande International School, gives us a brief overview of the recent Diploma History visit to London.
On Wednesday 8th March in the evening we left SIS for London, on our annual Diploma History trip. The focus this year was on the Students Internal Assessment and HL options for the USSR and Inter war years period, as well as paper 2 Conflicts. Due to French airspace being closed we ended up being delayed and arrived late and missed the tube service to the hotel so had to black cab it across London, racing each other down the Mall, arriving at the hotel at 3.30am our time!
We were up early for our visit to Kings college on Thursday for lectures on the Historical method and a tour of the Uni. We then visited the Imperial war museum to focus on WW1 and the Holocaust. In the evening I took the students on a walking tour and we managed to chalk up 22km by the end of the day
Friday we spent a day with History Professors from Royal Holloway and UCL with a focus on Soviet History. These were excellent lectures and Q&A sessions and our “soviets” were able to converse with the Professors in Russian, which I think surprised the mainly A level British audience present. Whilst our students were impressed at the British Professors ability in Russian.”
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday we visited HMS Belfast which fought in the supply lines from the UK to the USSR in WW2, and then the Cabinet War rooms with a focus on WW2 leadership. Sunday we were at the British Museum and then the Tower of London, before going our for our traditional group meal at the infamous Wong Kei´s!!
“Last day, Monday morning we were off to the New College of the Humanities with a lecture from Dr.Neill on the impact of WW1 on British society, which was fascinating and really useful for our HL option. Then we were checking out of our hotel and making our way back to Sotogrande. The Students were fantastic, motivated and exemplified SIS values/DP Learner Profile on the entire trip. I´d like to say thanks to SIS Support staff, Lynette Hillman (my amazing assistant on the trip) and Kelsey Fisher and Anna Triay for helping me organise the Uni visits.
Jason Mungles, History Teacher, Careers and University Coordinator and Theory if Knowledge Coordinator.