France and Belgium 2015

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Battlefields Trip November 2014

The History Department took a group of year 9 students, who had been studying the Great War, to France and Belgium to witness for themselves some of the horrors of World War One. We visited Ypres and watched a very moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in what was the most poignant of years marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war. The students were able to wander through the very impressive museum, ‘In Flanders Field’ and read eyewitness accounts of trench warfare and the barbaric conditions in which men lived and fought.

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Students were able to walk in the footsteps of World War One soldiers when we visited the Newfoundland Memorial Park. The trenches have been preserved and so our youngsters could see first-hand what it was like to be confined in such narrow spaces.

 

We visited a number of Commonwealth War Graves during our visit, including Thiepval, where students were able to search this incredible memorial, to those who lost their lives during the battles at Somme, for names of ancestors who fought in some of the bloodiest battles of this conflict. It was a very emotional experience for some of our youngsters to see the names of their relatives displayed in such a way.

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The students stayed in the grounds of the very impressive Chateau du Broutel with its staggering history which includes occupation by the Nazis in World War Two. Without exception the students thoroughly enjoyed this very educational visit and were a credit to the school.


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