Before Easter, 38 Year 9 students took part in the annual Battlefields trip to Ypres and the Somme. The students experienced a rich variety of commemorations to the men and women who lost their lives in the years 1914-1918.
On the first day, we visited Lijssenthoek cemetery, The Firing Post at Poperinghe and Ypres for the Last Post Ceremony, where three of our students took part. Students also had time to go to the world renowned chocolate shops in Ypres Market Square.
On day two, we visited the Somme where students were able to see first-hand the landscape of the Battlefields. Even though the weather was against us, students were able to appreciate the tough landscape that the men would have been fighting in. We also visited Newfoundland Memorial Park, Lochnagar Crater and Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
On the Sunday, we were back to the Ypres area and visited a preserved German trench system, Essex Farm (where ‘In Flanders Field’ was written), a Germany war cemetery, a memorial to the first use of gas in WW1 and finally the largest Commonwealth cemetery, Tyne Cot.
From speaking to students, it is clear that they all enjoyed the Battlefields trip and feel that it was an important cultural and historical experience. I would also like to thank students for their exceptional behaviour and the maturity they displayed during a sombre yet enriching experience.