From left to right, Jack, Sekauri, Shaun, Angel and Frederik
Five students and two members of staff spent six days in Arnhem, 12th-18th September, representing Croydon at the annual ‘Youcee’ International Youth conference, in commemoration of the second world war, in particular the battle of Arnhem in 1944. The link between Croydon and Arnhem has existed since 1946 after both towns suffered extensive war damage in WW2.
The trip included Army training, taking part in a Model United Nations debate, witnessing a parachute drop at Ginkel Heath and attending commemoration services for the fallen soldiers where students were chosen to lay wreaths. The opportunity to develop team building skills and presentation skills was a key part of their experience as well as forming friendships with people from all around the world. One of the students, Angel, our current Student President was selected to read a poem at the Polish memorial service.
Xavier Tinto, our Student activities and Sports Leader who accompanied them on the trip said, “It was a joy to see our learners grow in confidence as they all had to lead on activities”.
Mohammed Ramzan, Principal and Chief Executive of John Ruskin College commented, “The College feels very privileged to be part of such a prestigious international event each year”.