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Why Russia was the place to be

Caistor Grammar School pupils taking in the sights in Russia EMN-140314-104140001

Caistor Grammar School pupils taking in the sights in Russia EMN-140314-104140001

Russia has been the place to be recently, with the Winter Olympics and Paralympics taking place and Caistor Grammar School pupils visiting St Petersburg and Moscow to learn about the country’s rich history.

The students learn about the Soviet Union in Year 12 as part of their AS course, and about Imperial Russia from 1801-1917, as part of their A2 work and this was a chance to experience historic places first hand.

Head of history Marcus Croft said: “The trip really brings the course to life, and allows the students to walk in the footsteps of some of Russia’s great historical figures.

“Seeing the splendour of the Russian Tsars helps them to appreciate some of the reasons for the revolution, and visiting the Soviet sites in Moscow help them to see the impact which Stalin had on the country”

In Moscow, some of the highlights included St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square, along with visits to the Victory Park War Memorial and the Kremlin.

In St Petersburg, the visits focused more on the Imperial period of Russian history, and the students visited the fantastic Summer Palace.

Student Dominic Ryan said: “The trip was an excellent way to support our A levels and it was great to see first-hand where many of the key events took place”.

Eleanor Thornalley added: “I really enjoyed seeing the Yusopov Palace where Rasputin’s murder was engineered. It also showed how rich the aristocrats were and how much contempt they must have faced.”

 

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