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Four eager students set off on a trip to Lublin, Poland as part of an EU Erasmus Exchange!

As part of the ongoing Erasmus programme funded by the EU, NCW was invited to take part in an exchange with the title Included-Cultured in Lublin, Poland.

The exchange brought together five specialist schools from Poland, Romania, Spain, Bulgaria and Turkey. Four NCW sixth formers were accompanied on the trip by Mick, Deputy Head of Care, and Mrs Currie, Head of Art. Their base was the Polish host school SOSW Lublin which caters for students of all ages with a visual impairment and other special needs.

The visit was action packed, and from the moment the tired group (a 2am start) arrived in Lublin they were part of a cultural extravaganza which began with an art activity with fellow students. Fortified with a substantial lunch of dumplings the group were whisked off to see Lublin Castle, Museum and underground tunnels and had an express course in Polish history.

The second day was focussed on the beautiful historic town of Kazimierz Dolny where students visited a monastery, a Jewish graveyard desecrated by the Nazis and hiked up a ravine.

On return to Lublin there was a cultural exchange through music at a school disco. The Turkish and Spanish teachers demonstrated their Strictly skills on the dance floor, Mrs Currie tried to remember the Macarena and Mick took photos. Max danced the night away. The one dance everyone knew was a type of circle dance with hints of the Hokey Cokey. Throughout the exchange NCW students mixed with their European peers. Our students excelled at a Goalball tournament and won all five games.

On the last day of the visit students went to the Majdanek former concentration camp. Here they were shown some of the horror of the camp and were able to handle and see examples of art designed to subvert the Nazi system. For Freya the visit was particularly significant for her art A level where she is studying how to make the work of Marc Chagall and his Jewish heritage accessible for the visually impaired.

This visit is part of an ongoing exchange between the schools, and NCW hope to host an event in 2020. The programme is completely funded by the EU.

Upon speaking to the students, “The food was best,” says Andrew after sampling many forms of Polish dumplings! Grace and Freya loved the tourist bus in the art centre of Kazimierz Dolmy. For Max it was all brilliant but particularly “the meeting and greeting, the visits and the disco”.

Food played an important part of the visit!

Freya and Mrs Currie handling the wall of desecrated Jewish graves in Kazimierz Dolmy.

The staff and students who took part in the exchange.

Outside Lublin Castle.